Finnish sow farmer invests in freedom farrowing pens

The concept is based on long-term cooperation experience with customers from Finland

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Lower Saxon farming house supplier WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp developed a new concept for freedom farrowing pens which can be adapted to individual customer requirements without difficulty.

The concept is based on long-term cooperation experience with customers from Finland. They reported excellent results, mainly regarding the pen concept’s profitability. Similarly to Finland, where freedom farrowing pens are eligible for state subsidies, pig farmers all across Europe increasingly invest in the innovative pen type and can profit from their Finnish colleagues’ experience.

“The new WEDA concept for freedom farrowing pens is highly flexible and therefore complies with the strict requirements of our Finnish state,” explained one Finnish sow farmer. “In Finnish pens, the floor must be at least 50 per cent sealed. The mandatory minimum net area in Finland is six square meters; the mandatory nesting area, where the sow must not have access, must be one square meter.”

This gives the sow roughly four-and-a-half square meters of floor area with unrestricted use to turn around without obstruction.

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