June 16, 2020
WEDA's Nutrix system supports optimal piglet feeding
WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp has developed the Nutrix piglet feeding system to support the optimal feeding of piglets.
The system is the first of its kind in the world, according to the company.
Sow and piglet performance can be increased significantly with the employment of this fully automatic supplementary feeding system. As a result, sows lose less weight during the suckling period and piglets gain weight more efficiently.
"One customer from Hungary has been reporting that their piglets have (grown) up to 1.5 kilogrammes heavier since the Nutrix piglet feeding system was installed," said Ralf Meyer, head of development at WEDA.
A bachelor thesis by the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen's agricultural economy department found that at nearly equal feed consumption, more significant weight gains per piglet were identified in relation to Nutrix's employment when compared to another feeding system. Profit made per piglet due to the higher sale weight averaged €2.04 (US$2.31).
The handling and functioning of the Nutrix system are very simple: liquid feed is dosed automatically through a feeding bowl installed in the pen wall between two pens and can be reached from both pens. One essential feature is that the filling level is monitored permanently throughout the day and minimal quantities (from 30 grams onwards) of fresh feed are only dosed into the trough once the piglets have emptied it.
"As early as the day after birth, piglets can receive supplementary milk feed via the trough. After a very short time, all piglets adopt the system so well that milk quantities can be increased slowly and subsequently mixed with pre-starter feed," said Meyer.
A continuous adjustment of recipes according to growth phases not only saves feed costs but also significantly prevents the possible occurrences of diarrhoeal diseases.
WEDA recently equipped Nutrix with an optimised computer generation. "The positive result: with the new Excellent computer, small as well as large systems can be handled even more easily thanks to simplified operation," Meyer explained.
Moreover, the new computer provides many useful features which have already proven to be efficient in liquid feeding. For instance, the dashboard was improved and reports and maintenance schedule were added.
Additionally, automated distribution of these forms via e-mail is now very easy to handle.