Equipment and Feeding Systems

Nedap Pig Sorting

Problem

  • Delivering pigs at the correct weight.
  • Feeding the correct amount and type per pen.
  • Complex construction of pig units.
  • Lack of real time performance data.
  • No responsive logistic planning.

Solution- Use Nedap Sorting.

  • Outcomes
    • No payment cuts on too heavy or too light pigs at slaughter.
      • a. Nedap Sorting users reduce payment penalties on weight range to less than 1% of pigs marketed.
    • No loss of feed efficiency by delivery pigs too heavy.
      • a. Pigs above a target body weight lose feed efficiency by up to 0.3 FCR point.
      • b. For every pig delivered 10kg too heavy it costs 3kg of feed.
      • c. In a 250 sow operation this equates to 4125kg of feed, (22 piglets p.a and 25% delivered too heavy).
    • No loss of feed by sub optimal feed diets relative to body weight.
      • a. Automated sorting allows optimal diets to be fed and on average saves 10kg of starter feed. It also reduces the amount of grower feed by 55kg allowing less expensive diets to be targeted to the pigs needs. With a usual price differential of $30/MT this equates to $16,500 p.a saving (250 sows , 22 piglets p.a).
    • Efficient use of pig space and equipment
      • a. In traditional pig sheds 10% of the space is not used efficiently. Using Nedap Sorting more pigs can be housed and marketed.
    • Less labour and human error through an automated process.
      • a. A reduction of error in estimating weights is an obvious benefit as is the IT connectivity and record keeping using RFID tags.

How is Nedap sorters better than other sorters?

  • Robust design.
  • Nedap electronic and software controls
  • Sort on weight or upscale to sort on weight and RFID
  • Secured information sharing through IT platform.
  • Multi-faceted potential of RFID tags and links to other technology (eg FeedMeter).