China's Nedap Velos on its way to a bright future
In September 2008, one month after China's first Nedap Velos Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) installation was finished; two more Chinese sow farms are equipped with NEDAP Velos ESF systems.
Both companies, TianQuan and Tongwei that is located in Sichuan province, Southwest China and Hubei province, in the middle of China, respectively have decided to enforce Electronic Sow Feeding in order to improve their overall farm performance that generally includes feed reduction and increase of life born piglet production.
The difference between these two farms and the first Nedap Velos project in Hunan province, is their farm management group housing style. The 1,200 sow project in Hunan keep sows in static group housing production model as the installations take place in dynamic group housing farms.
TianQuan farm places 300 sows into a dynamic group during their gestation and is equipped with six feed stations, one separation unit and one heat detector. All sows are already trained and introduced into a dynamic group in the farm.
TongwWei Fem is a subsidiary of Sha-Shi TongWei Feed Company. It has the same layout as TianQuan does, with six feed stations, one separation unit and one heat detector.
Now the farm is still in construction, and its first batch of 300 sows will be introduced to Velos ESF in coming months.