To help with the increasingly complex job of sourcing materials, pig housing specialist, ARM Buildings, has beefed up its buying department with the appointment of Krysia Purnell as purchasing assistant.
Comparisons of water consumption by sows in freedom-style farrowing pens with sows in conventional crates has highlighted some significant differences. Sows in free-style farrowing pens are normally provided with water-bowls whereas sows in crates tend to have nipple or bite-type drinkers.
A huge increase in demand for freedom-style farrowing pens has been reported by Staffordshire-based ARM Buildings. The pig-housing company will have installed between 700 and 800 places by the end of the year, says their environmental specialist, Tim Miller.