PIGLET RESCUE DECK
With farrowing numbers increasing so does the pressure on the piglets to do well. Piglet Rescue Decks can be a good solution proven to give 3% reduction in weaning mortality and 350 grams higher weaning weight.
Click HERE to get complete background information on Rescue Decks from article in Pig Progress written by Pieter Wolleswinkel, Provimi, the Netherlands
Rescue Decks are designed for use with piglets that are 3 days or older, and have had the opportunity to drink colostrum. Some farms choose to use laggards; others choose to select the smallest piglets. However, it is not advised to add piglets at a later stage, as these will have different intestinal micro flora which will increase the risk of diarrhoea.
Points to consider with a Piglet Rescue Deck System:
Assuming there is 1 surplus piglet per sow, it is recommended that 1 Rescue Deck per 10-12 sows is used.
One of the highlights of this system is the use of the state of the art, patented float operation valve from Welbourne Innovations. This feeder and valve has shown to reduce milk feed costs by 15% or more over competitive liquid feeders.
The Rescue Deck is designed to be strong, sturdy and comfortable. It is made of heavy duty plastic with reinforced cross beams. The design of the system allows for ease in cleaning. Metal framing provides strong support for secure installation. The entire system is easy to install and manage with minimal waste.
A Hurricane Mixer with Auto Control Box is offered on all 65-110 gallon tanks. This includes a stainless steel mixing bracket and shaft plus, a state of the art mixing paddle and motor. The auto control allows the operator to mix milk thoroughly with the flip of a switch and set to auto for brief mixing each hour. A mixing shaft and paddle are offered on small systems to be utilized with a drill.
On larger operations a pneumatic driven delivery system is utilized. This includes an air compressor, pump, regulator, filter, and all the fittings. A pneumatic system allows the operator to vary the pressure to achieve optimum flow within the system. It also allows the pressure to be increased to reduce cleaning time and draining of the tank. The system is self priming and will not burn up the pump if milk runs empty for short periods of time. On small systems an electric pump is offered to minimize initial investment.