Activator offers demand-driven feeding for lactating sows

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To help producers meet the unique nutritional needs of lactating sows, Nedap Livestock Management has introduced Nedap Activator, an add-on to Nedap Farrowing Feeding that automatically drops feed when sows trigger an electronic sensor with their snouts.

“Nedap Farrowing Feeding with wireless Activator gives producers more control to monitor and maximize feed intake during lactation with minimal labor,” says Cheryl Day, vice president of business development-North America, Nedap Livestock Management. “The optional wireless Activator add-on offers a high return on investment by helping pork producers reduce operational costs and boost sow and piglet performance through strategic feeding.”

The Nedap Farrowing Feeder automatically delivers snack-sized feed portions to sows at regular intervals throughout the day to stimulate the appetite. Between scheduled feedings, the wireless Activator add-on enables sows to “ask” for additional appetizer-sized portions by moving the trigger with their snout. Producers can easily mount the wireless Activator to feeders in new or existing farrowing feeding automatic feeding systems.