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History of Big Dutchman

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Dec 14, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

The History of Big Dutchman 

Dwyer has been selling and servicing Big Dutchman’s computerized liquid feeding systems for 11 years.  A lot has changed during that time here at Dwyer’s but it’s only a small part of Big Dutchman’s 78 years of history.

Big Dutchman has an interesting history that spans a number of countries.  Basically, it’s a German company started in the United States by Dutch immigrant brothers.

Continue reading for the full story.  Thanks to www.bigdutchman.com for the information.

New products coming from Big Dutchman are PRRS air inlet filters and repairable LED lighting designed for agriculture conditions.  Stay tuned for more information on these items and more.





1938dewitt-history

Brothers Richard (Dick) and Jack DeWitt, whose parents emigrated from the Netherlands to the U.S., started the company that would become Big Dutchman. The business started as a hatchery and expanded to include the production of broilers and turkeys. As growers looking for more efficient ways to raise their flocks, they designed the Big Dutchman feeder. Pictured: Jack and Dick DeWitt

 

1948

Model A (round body) chain feeder launched and sold under the “Big Dutchman” product name. At this time the company was called “Automatic Poultry Feeder Co.” It was sold in the beginning of 1949 to Mr. Carson Lamberson, of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. With its revolutionary chain feed carrying concept, it became the first automated poultry feeder produced on a commercial scale.

 

 

1951history-big-d2

New manufacturing plant, Washington Ave., Zeeland, Michigan.

Picture: Big Dutchman location on Washington Ave.

1954

Name of company changed to Big Dutchman, Inc.

1958

Josef Meerpohl, a poultry farmer from Calveslage in Lower Saxony, Germany, joins the company as the head of sales for that country.

1959

Company’s first overseas operation is opened in the Netherlands, also under the responsibility of Josef Meerpohl.

1968

New complex inaugurated on Franklin St., Zeeland, Michigan. Founders sell the company to US Industries.

1978

Josef Meerpohl acquires Big Dutchman’s German operations.

Pictured: Big Dutchman Germany, Vechta, Gmbhistory-big-d

1985

The Meerpohl family acquires Big Dutchman from Hanson Trust, with rights on the brand for all of the world except the Americas. Under the new ownership, the Big Dutchman brand rapidly grows as a truly global organization.

 

1999

The Meerpohl family acquires the totality of Big Dutchman.

 

 2013

Big Dutchman celebrates its 75 year anniversary in 2013.




Importance Of Particle Size

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December 7, 2016

By: Gilbert VandenHeuvel

The Importance of Corn Particle Size in Pig Feed

FACT: If your corn isn’t ground properly (usually too coarse) you could be loosing up to $1.78 per pig in feed efficiency. As corn price goes up so does the amount of $$ gained or lost.  That’s $356 extra dollars you could have in your pocket for each truckload of 200 pigs that leaves your place.

” As grain accounts for a major component and cost in diets for livestock animals, the particle size of ground grain influences feed digestibility, feed efficiency, mixing performance and pelleting.  Therefore, periodic particle size evaluation is a necessary component of a feed manufacturing quality assurance program.”  Charles Stark & Julie Kalivoda of Kansas State University

“Particle size is ground-cornan area where producers can significantly improve feed efficiency and lower feed cost per kg of gain. For corn-based diets ranging in particle size from 1200 – 400 microns, there is a 1 to 1.5% improvement in feed efficiency for every 100 micron reduction in average particle size”  Greg Simpson, OMAFRA

The best/only way to measure particle size to determine the correct screen size is to have a particle size test done.

A test should be taken:

    –  every 500 – 700 tonnes of feed processed (as screens and hammers wear, particle size increases)

    –  change in corn moisture or source (particle size increases as drier corn goes through the same screen size)

    –  change in mill hammers and/or screen

particle-size-sieves3





Dwyer Mfg has invested in equipment to do a particle size test for you.  Bring in a representative sample of your ground corn and we’ll let you know your average particle size.

This service is free to all existing Dwyer customers and $15 for others. Next day results can be emailed to you.

The biggest opportunity to save is connected to finisher feed but there is dollars in the balance with nursery and sow feed too.

Only 50 grams of ground corn is needed, so bring in a couple of  handfuls from different areas to get a good representation of your ground feed.  Paper lunch bag is best so the sample doesn’t condensate before it gets here.

Please, no complete feed with fat added since the fat will clog up our sieves.




What is the correct particle size?ground-corn

“Current research suggests that the optimum particle size for pigs is 700-800 microns (0.7 – 0.8 mm).  It’s too expensive to grind an finer that this since the time and energy inputs often outweigh any improvement in feed efficiency.  Feed that is finer than 700 microns will produce ulcers in pigs very quickly.  Research at the University of Guelph has shown that feed with a particle size of 550 microns produced ulcers in 90% of pigs in only 2 weeks; after 4 weeks the first pig died from bleeding ulcers. ”  Greg Simpson, OMAFRA

To read the whole article CLICK HERE

It is well documented that reducing particle size has a great impact on feed efficiency. By increasing the surface area of the grain, there is greater interaction of the feed with digestive enzymes, thus improving the digestibility of nutrients. However, the optimum diet particle size is a decision that needs to be balanced between pig performance and feeding/milling efficiencies.

The key areas to look for on the analysis are the average particle size (700 to 800 microns), shape of the graph/curve (bell-shaped or normal) and less than 10% percent of the sample being too coarse (>1850 microns) or too fine (<300 microns).

Economics

If you market 8000 hogs per year, at an average feed cost of $250/tonne, reducing particle size in the grower-finisher from an average of 1000 microns to an average of 700 microns saves about $1.78/pig or $14,240/year.  Source: OMAFRA

Table 1. Effect of Particle Size on Feed Efficiency and Feed Costs

Particle Size (a)

Coarse

Medium

Fine

<1000 microns

900 to 700 microns

>600 microns

Gain:Feed

0.333

0.342

0.362

Feed:Gain

3.00

2.92

2.76

Feed Cost/MT

Feed Cost/Pig (b)

$350

$94.59

$92.11

$87.02

$300

$81.08

$78.95

$74.59

$250

$67.57

$65.79

$62.15

$200

$54.05

$52.63

$49.72

(a) Adapted from Wondra et. al. 1995b. Effects of particle size and pelleting on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and stomach morphology in finishing pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 73:757.
(b) Assuming 90kg gain using on-farm mixed corn, soybean meal, premix diets.

Bring in your ground corn sample next time your in the area, it’s the simplest way to save real feed dollars.

 

Slat Gap

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November 15, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

Slat Gap Cover

 

Necessity is the mother of invention. (author unknown)

slat-gap

With Denmark banning fully slated floors and farms all around the world retooling to comply with organic flooring standards, something was needed to cover in the gaps in slats. Producers who need to increase the proportion of solid flooring which are already fitted with fully slated floor already installed required a solution.  Replacing the slats was too expensive so an opportunity to find a solution was up for grabs.

A Danish tool-maker, Brian Johannsen, come up with the Slat Gap Cover.  After a few attempts, Mr Johannsen came up with a design (patent pending) which was simple yet effective and importantly, pig proof.

The designs where evaluated on a Danish Pig Research Centre.  Staff there were surprised by the simplicity of the design, ease of fitting and the ingenious locking mechanism

AgBuilt is the North American distributor for the Slat Gap Cover.

Sold at Dwyer Mfg.agbuilt-logosmall

 

slat-gap-install

Installation is simple, Slat Gap is cut to length with a any tool that cuts wood, placed between the slats and eased into place by treading down on it or by hitting it with a rubber mallet.

Slat Gap was first produced for 18-22 mm gaps but 14-18 mm and 25-32 mm Slat Gap are also available.

The type of plastic used is resistant to the harsh environment of a pig barn.  The plastic type is called High Density Polyethylene.  To learn more about HDPE CLICK HERE

While the initial use was to reduce the amount of open space more benefits have come to light:

  • Slat Gap can be installed in high traffic areas to protect the edges of the slats from deterioration.

  • Spilled feed will stay on top of slats allowing another chance for pigs to eat it, decreasing feed wastage.

  • Slat Gap helps reduce the amount of concrete corrosion of slat edges from acidic feeds such as liquid whey.

  • The comfort of pregnant sows greatly increases with Slat Gap installed in the laying area with the manure area left open.

  • Drafts coming up through the slats can be managed with the Slat Gap placed in strategic areas in the pen creating comfortable sleeping areas.

  • Sow group housing improvements can be made when feet problems are found by simply adding Slat Gap.  According to a Prairie Swine Centre study “In group systems with slatted floors, good slat quality is essential to improve comfort and minimize foot and leg injuries. Slat width and gap is also important and sows are more comfortable on a wide slat that allows them to easily stand with their whole foot on the solid part of the slat, rather than having one half of a hoof down the edge of the gap. Slat widths of 125mm (5”) with an 19-20mm (3/4”+) gap are ideal. ”  Find whole Article HERE

  • slat-gap3 slat-gap4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

agbuilt-logosmall-2

To get a more information or a quote, call us at Dwyer Manufacturing.

 1-800-323-3405, local: 519-527-2285

Credit to authors of these three articles with supporting information:

http://www.bjd.dk/slap-gap-cover

http://www.thepigsite.com/articles/4504/floor-slat-gap-cover-has-many-uses/

http://www.pigprogress.net/Finishers/Articles/2015/2/-1710822W/

 

 

 

dwyer-d

November 9, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

Prep your House for the cold

 

Time will tell if this coming winter will be Ice Cold and Snowy like the Farmer’s Almanac predicts.

2017-canadian-weather-map

Either way, we are all looking for ways to save a few dolsave-thermostatelars this year on heating costs.  Continue reading to find suggestions on how to do that.

 

 

INSIDE YOUR HOME

  • First thing to do is change the smoke alarm batteries and the whole unit if it’s  more then 10 years old.   It won’t save money but it could save you  and your family’s life.

                  Look around for pricing on these 9 volt batteries.  There can be a big difference from one place to another.

  • If your home has some windows that are not used often or really needs some help, a handy way to increase insulation value of the glass is to apply bubble wrap to them.  In this video, just water is used to pre-spray the window, others have used a mixture of soapy water and bleach.  Make sure you take it off every year or the bubble wrap will stick to the window and create a big job to scrape it off.  (this keeps heat out in the summer too)

  • Change your furnace filter.  Letting the air move freely reduces the time your fan has to run thus saving electricity costs.outlet-seal

  • Putting seals behind light switches and receptacles stops drafts quickly with little effort.   For $10 or $15 you probably can get enough of these seals to do your whole house.   If you happen to have a heat gun, it would be interesting to check temperature of the switch or receptacle before and after you install the seal.

 

 

 

 

 

  • There is a Homehome-reno-banner-1 Reno Rebate offered by the Ontario Gov’t through the Green Investment Fund that can give a $5000 rebate to qualified home owners.  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

 

 

OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE

  • Your outdoor air conditioner, bikes, BBQ and a host of other stuff that sits outside will last longer if you protect them from the elements.  Specially made covers work fine but are expensive.  Tarps often come on sale and can make a fine cover or watch this video so you can make covers for anything using common vapour barrier and an iron.   CLICK HERE

    hqdefault

  •  Out door water taps need to be shut off and hoses disconnected.  Closing any indoor valves will make sure nothing freezes and breaks this winter.  Water spray guns and sprinklers will last longer if they are kept inside so any water doesn’t expand and break the little plastic parts inside.

  • To avoid spring time starting problems with your gas powered lawn mower you have two options:

    • empty the carburetor of gas by turning off the gas to the carburetor and let the engine run until it runs out of gas.   This stops any chances of the gas gumming up the delicate parts inside the carburetor during it’s hibernation.

    • Add fuel stabilizer to your gas tank.  Be sure to add the correct amount and let the engine run as prescribed by additive instructions.

 

History of Big Dutchman

dwyer-d

Dec 14, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

The History of Big Dutchman 

Dwyer has been selling and servicing Big Dutchman’s computerized liquid feeding systems for 11 years.  A lot has changed during that time here at Dwyer’s but it’s only a small part of Big Dutchman’s 78 years of history.

Big Dutchman has an interesting history that spans a number of countries.  Basically, it’s a German company started in the United States by Dutch immigrant brothers.

Continue reading for the full story.  Thanks to www.bigdutchman.com for the information.

New products coming from Big Dutchman are PRRS air inlet filters and repairable LED lighting designed for agriculture conditions.  Stay tuned for more information on these items and more.





1938dewitt-history

Brothers Richard (Dick) and Jack DeWitt, whose parents emigrated from the Netherlands to the U.S., started the company that would become Big Dutchman. The business started as a hatchery and expanded to include the production of broilers and turkeys. As growers looking for more efficient ways to raise their flocks, they designed the Big Dutchman feeder. Pictured: Jack and Dick DeWitt

 

1948

Model A (round body) chain feeder launched and sold under the “Big Dutchman” product name. At this time the company was called “Automatic Poultry Feeder Co.” It was sold in the beginning of 1949 to Mr. Carson Lamberson, of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. With its revolutionary chain feed carrying concept, it became the first automated poultry feeder produced on a commercial scale.

 

 

1951history-big-d2

New manufacturing plant, Washington Ave., Zeeland, Michigan.

Picture: Big Dutchman location on Washington Ave.

1954

Name of company changed to Big Dutchman, Inc.

1958

Josef Meerpohl, a poultry farmer from Calveslage in Lower Saxony, Germany, joins the company as the head of sales for that country.

1959

Company’s first overseas operation is opened in the Netherlands, also under the responsibility of Josef Meerpohl.

1968

New complex inaugurated on Franklin St., Zeeland, Michigan. Founders sell the company to US Industries.

1978

Josef Meerpohl acquires Big Dutchman’s German operations.

Pictured: Big Dutchman Germany, Vechta, Gmbhistory-big-d

1985

The Meerpohl family acquires Big Dutchman from Hanson Trust, with rights on the brand for all of the world except the Americas. Under the new ownership, the Big Dutchman brand rapidly grows as a truly global organization.

 

1999

The Meerpohl family acquires the totality of Big Dutchman.

 

 2013

Big Dutchman celebrates its 75 year anniversary in 2013.




Importance Of Particle Size

logo

December 7, 2016

By: Gilbert VandenHeuvel

The Importance of Corn Particle Size in Pig Feed

FACT: If your corn isn’t ground properly (usually too coarse) you could be loosing up to $1.78 per pig in feed efficiency. As corn price goes up so does the amount of $$ gained or lost.  That’s $356 extra dollars you could have in your pocket for each truckload of 200 pigs that leaves your place.

” As grain accounts for a major component and cost in diets for livestock animals, the particle size of ground grain influences feed digestibility, feed efficiency, mixing performance and pelleting.  Therefore, periodic particle size evaluation is a necessary component of a feed manufacturing quality assurance program.”  Charles Stark & Julie Kalivoda of Kansas State University

“Particle size is ground-cornan area where producers can significantly improve feed efficiency and lower feed cost per kg of gain. For corn-based diets ranging in particle size from 1200 – 400 microns, there is a 1 to 1.5% improvement in feed efficiency for every 100 micron reduction in average particle size”  Greg Simpson, OMAFRA

The best/only way to measure particle size to determine the correct screen size is to have a particle size test done.

A test should be taken:

    –  every 500 – 700 tonnes of feed processed (as screens and hammers wear, particle size increases)

    –  change in corn moisture or source (particle size increases as drier corn goes through the same screen size)

    –  change in mill hammers and/or screen

particle-size-sieves3





Dwyer Mfg has invested in equipment to do a particle size test for you.  Bring in a representative sample of your ground corn and we’ll let you know your average particle size.

This service is free to all existing Dwyer customers and $15 for others. Next day results can be emailed to you.

The biggest opportunity to save is connected to finisher feed but there is dollars in the balance with nursery and sow feed too.

Only 50 grams of ground corn is needed, so bring in a couple of  handfuls from different areas to get a good representation of your ground feed.  Paper lunch bag is best so the sample doesn’t condensate before it gets here.

Please, no complete feed with fat added since the fat will clog up our sieves.




What is the correct particle size?ground-corn

“Current research suggests that the optimum particle size for pigs is 700-800 microns (0.7 – 0.8 mm).  It’s too expensive to grind an finer that this since the time and energy inputs often outweigh any improvement in feed efficiency.  Feed that is finer than 700 microns will produce ulcers in pigs very quickly.  Research at the University of Guelph has shown that feed with a particle size of 550 microns produced ulcers in 90% of pigs in only 2 weeks; after 4 weeks the first pig died from bleeding ulcers. ”  Greg Simpson, OMAFRA

To read the whole article CLICK HERE

It is well documented that reducing particle size has a great impact on feed efficiency. By increasing the surface area of the grain, there is greater interaction of the feed with digestive enzymes, thus improving the digestibility of nutrients. However, the optimum diet particle size is a decision that needs to be balanced between pig performance and feeding/milling efficiencies.

The key areas to look for on the analysis are the average particle size (700 to 800 microns), shape of the graph/curve (bell-shaped or normal) and less than 10% percent of the sample being too coarse (>1850 microns) or too fine (<300 microns).

Economics

If you market 8000 hogs per year, at an average feed cost of $250/tonne, reducing particle size in the grower-finisher from an average of 1000 microns to an average of 700 microns saves about $1.78/pig or $14,240/year.  Source: OMAFRA

Table 1. Effect of Particle Size on Feed Efficiency and Feed Costs

Particle Size (a)

Coarse

Medium

Fine

<1000 microns

900 to 700 microns

>600 microns

Gain:Feed

0.333

0.342

0.362

Feed:Gain

3.00

2.92

2.76

Feed Cost/MT

Feed Cost/Pig (b)

$350

$94.59

$92.11

$87.02

$300

$81.08

$78.95

$74.59

$250

$67.57

$65.79

$62.15

$200

$54.05

$52.63

$49.72

(a) Adapted from Wondra et. al. 1995b. Effects of particle size and pelleting on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and stomach morphology in finishing pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 73:757.
(b) Assuming 90kg gain using on-farm mixed corn, soybean meal, premix diets.

Bring in your ground corn sample next time your in the area, it’s the simplest way to save real feed dollars.

 

Slat Gap

logo

November 15, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

Slat Gap Cover

 

Necessity is the mother of invention. (author unknown)

slat-gap

With Denmark banning fully slated floors and farms all around the world retooling to comply with organic flooring standards, something was needed to cover in the gaps in slats. Producers who need to increase the proportion of solid flooring which are already fitted with fully slated floor already installed required a solution.  Replacing the slats was too expensive so an opportunity to find a solution was up for grabs.

A Danish tool-maker, Brian Johannsen, come up with the Slat Gap Cover.  After a few attempts, Mr Johannsen came up with a design (patent pending) which was simple yet effective and importantly, pig proof.

The designs where evaluated on a Danish Pig Research Centre.  Staff there were surprised by the simplicity of the design, ease of fitting and the ingenious locking mechanism

AgBuilt is the North American distributor for the Slat Gap Cover.

Sold at Dwyer Mfg.agbuilt-logosmall

 

slat-gap-install

Installation is simple, Slat Gap is cut to length with a any tool that cuts wood, placed between the slats and eased into place by treading down on it or by hitting it with a rubber mallet.

Slat Gap was first produced for 18-22 mm gaps but 14-18 mm and 25-32 mm Slat Gap are also available.

The type of plastic used is resistant to the harsh environment of a pig barn.  The plastic type is called High Density Polyethylene.  To learn more about HDPE CLICK HERE

While the initial use was to reduce the amount of open space more benefits have come to light:

  • Slat Gap can be installed in high traffic areas to protect the edges of the slats from deterioration.

  • Spilled feed will stay on top of slats allowing another chance for pigs to eat it, decreasing feed wastage.

  • Slat Gap helps reduce the amount of concrete corrosion of slat edges from acidic feeds such as liquid whey.

  • The comfort of pregnant sows greatly increases with Slat Gap installed in the laying area with the manure area left open.

  • Drafts coming up through the slats can be managed with the Slat Gap placed in strategic areas in the pen creating comfortable sleeping areas.

  • Sow group housing improvements can be made when feet problems are found by simply adding Slat Gap.  According to a Prairie Swine Centre study “In group systems with slatted floors, good slat quality is essential to improve comfort and minimize foot and leg injuries. Slat width and gap is also important and sows are more comfortable on a wide slat that allows them to easily stand with their whole foot on the solid part of the slat, rather than having one half of a hoof down the edge of the gap. Slat widths of 125mm (5”) with an 19-20mm (3/4”+) gap are ideal. ”  Find whole Article HERE

  • slat-gap3 slat-gap4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

agbuilt-logosmall-2

To get a more information or a quote, call us at Dwyer Manufacturing.

 1-800-323-3405, local: 519-527-2285

Credit to authors of these three articles with supporting information:

http://www.bjd.dk/slap-gap-cover

http://www.thepigsite.com/articles/4504/floor-slat-gap-cover-has-many-uses/

http://www.pigprogress.net/Finishers/Articles/2015/2/-1710822W/

 

 

 

dwyer-d

November 9, 2016

By Gilbert VandenHeuvel

Prep your House for the cold

 

Time will tell if this coming winter will be Ice Cold and Snowy like the Farmer’s Almanac predicts.

2017-canadian-weather-map

Either way, we are all looking for ways to save a few dolsave-thermostatelars this year on heating costs.  Continue reading to find suggestions on how to do that.

 

 

INSIDE YOUR HOME

  • First thing to do is change the smoke alarm batteries and the whole unit if it’s  more then 10 years old.   It won’t save money but it could save you  and your family’s life.

                  Look around for pricing on these 9 volt batteries.  There can be a big difference from one place to another.

  • If your home has some windows that are not used often or really needs some help, a handy way to increase insulation value of the glass is to apply bubble wrap to them.  In this video, just water is used to pre-spray the window, others have used a mixture of soapy water and bleach.  Make sure you take it off every year or the bubble wrap will stick to the window and create a big job to scrape it off.  (this keeps heat out in the summer too)

  • Change your furnace filter.  Letting the air move freely reduces the time your fan has to run thus saving electricity costs.outlet-seal

  • Putting seals behind light switches and receptacles stops drafts quickly with little effort.   For $10 or $15 you probably can get enough of these seals to do your whole house.   If you happen to have a heat gun, it would be interesting to check temperature of the switch or receptacle before and after you install the seal.

 

 

 

 

 

  • There is a Homehome-reno-banner-1 Reno Rebate offered by the Ontario Gov’t through the Green Investment Fund that can give a $5000 rebate to qualified home owners.  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

 

 

OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE

  • Your outdoor air conditioner, bikes, BBQ and a host of other stuff that sits outside will last longer if you protect them from the elements.  Specially made covers work fine but are expensive.  Tarps often come on sale and can make a fine cover or watch this video so you can make covers for anything using common vapour barrier and an iron.   CLICK HERE

    hqdefault

  •  Out door water taps need to be shut off and hoses disconnected.  Closing any indoor valves will make sure nothing freezes and breaks this winter.  Water spray guns and sprinklers will last longer if they are kept inside so any water doesn’t expand and break the little plastic parts inside.

  • To avoid spring time starting problems with your gas powered lawn mower you have two options:

    • empty the carburetor of gas by turning off the gas to the carburetor and let the engine run until it runs out of gas.   This stops any chances of the gas gumming up the delicate parts inside the carburetor during it’s hibernation.

    • Add fuel stabilizer to your gas tank.  Be sure to add the correct amount and let the engine run as prescribed by additive instructions.

 

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