By Curtiss Littlejohn
Swine Products Manager
Committed to sows
Healthy and productive sows form the basis of efficient and profitable pork production systems.That’s why Canarm AgSystems has been providing housing and feeding systems for sows for almost 80 years. Getting it right for sows means larger litters and heavier piglets at weaning, more kilograms of finished pork per sow, and those sows being ready to reproduce quickly and efficiently, every time.
Staying at the forefront of sow production has meant consistent innovation, and the ability to see trends, the value of research, and build products that leverage the best of both.
There's no doubt the industry is at a crossroads. Sow care is evolving.
Buyers of pork are pushing the industry towards more use of loose sow housing. As a provider of sow stalls for many years, we don’t dispute the efficiency, safety and welfare benefits of sow stalls. But at Canarm AgSystems, we have become convinced of the value of group housing sows fed with electronic sow feeding systems.
Sows need precise management and electronic sow feeders provide you the tools to reap that opportunity. You can provide precise feeding curves, and monitor their activity to provide earlier heat detection. You can provide cost effective barns that provide more space with less capital cost and which are environmentally and socially acceptable to the sows.
To develop our SowChoice Systems ESF, we talked to hog farmers across North America. They told us they wanted:
• North American service and parts
• Stainless steel for longevity
• High throughput
• Data integration (which is why we partnered with PigCHAMP)
As a result of that feedback, we created an ESF that meets or exceeds all of those requests. Canarm has created practical and useful solutions to livestock handling challenges for generations. That has continued with our ESF.
We also know that ESFs require different management of the sows, more use of data and different barn layouts, which is why we have created this resource for farmers looking for good information on transition to group sow housing.
You recognize how critically important your sows are to your herds productivity. So do we.
Sow care is evolving. Canarm is ahead of the curve.
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