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Farrowing crate flooring system

Farmweld Modular Cast Center Platform. –sow comfort, piglet warmth, minimizes stress

Farmweld’s Modular Cast Center Platform helps establish micro-environments within the farrowing crate and creep area to meet both the sow’s and piglets’ divergent thermal comfort zones. The durable Modular Cast Center Platform is made of durable cast-iron flooring with fiberglass beams to provide a cool, comfortable surface for the sow on 24″ wide (610 mm) center section.

The platform’s cast center is raised 1′ (26 mm), giving piglets access to the sow’s teats to nurse easily, yet encouraging piglets to move to the safety of the creep area.

Farmweld’s orange polypropylene flooring in creep areas minimize stress and reduce piglet crushing. Piglets are warm and comfortable in the creep area sides versus the cool cast center, which motivates piglets to sleep away from the sow, out of harm’s way.

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ductile cast iron farrowing platform
 Ductile Cast

Only two sections of cast are required per crate. This means the sow always has weight on the cast and cannot work a section out of place. German or Ductile Cast options are available for placement underneath the sow.

Stainless steel offers strength and durabilityStainless steel j-bolts secure the center platform in place and provide extended durability. Stainless steel beam spacer/crate hold down bars distributes the sow’s weight across the cast iron center and ties the entire system together.

Platform widths available: 5′ (1.52 m), 5′ 3″ (1.6 m), 5′ 6″ (1.68 m), 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) or 6′ (1.82 m).
Platform lengths available: 7′ (2.13 m), 7′ 6″ (2.29 m) or 8′ (2.44 m)
Fiberbeams span up to 8′ (2.44 m) in farrowing applications.

Farmweld’s plastic flooring, various creep widths are possible. Each section is 24″ (610 mm) x 42″ (1067 mm) or 24″ (610) x 48″ (1219 mm) with two panel sizes: 18″ (458 mm) x 24″ (610 mm) and 24″ (610 mm) x 24″ (610 mm).

The Farmweld Warming Panel™ reduces drafts to keep newborn piglets warm. Panel texture offers superior traction to improve the stability of newborn piglets. Interlocking design and size allows producers flexibility in determining coverage area. Made with virgin polypropylene material, Warming Panels come in two options: 18″ (457 mm) wide x 8″ (203 mm) long and 24″ (610 mm) x 8″ (203 mm). The Warming Panel integrates seamlessly into the Farmweld Modular Cast Center Platform, beams and flooring system.

“When it came down to it, cast iron made the most sense,” says Tim Laidigs. “We knew it was durable, and we also liked the fact that if we ever did need to replace a section, we could do so. The sows load nice and unload nice. Having a flush floor has a lot to do with that. The pigs lay out really nice on the plastic panels so we haven’t used mats.” Tim goes on to say, “It just takes a little bit of time to adjust the feeder (LaborSaver), but after that, the sows feed themselves. That’s saved a ton of time.”

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