Gestal Feeding System
In the Swine Research Farm facilities we have Jygatech’s Gestal feeding systems. These systems allow to dose to each sow the exact amount of feed they need during the 24 hours of the day following multiple feeding curves, adapted to each one’s number of farrowing, genetics and corporal state.
In this way, we apply these systems to different production phases:
GESTAL 3G: Feeding systems for pregnant sows
Its functioning is based on providing each pregnant sow with the exact amount of feed that correspond to them, following feeding curves adapted to its productive state, without fights or unwanted competition. In this way we are able to reduce in particular the stress of first-timers and submissive sows due to better feeding, which can be carried out adequately without the pressure of dominant sows, as is often the case in tunnel systems. As a consequence, we favour an ideal body condition for farrowing, fewer poise injuries and less competitive stress.
This system helps us to overcome the problems we face in loose pregnant sow groups:
- Competition between animals for food
- Stress (especially first timers and submissive sows)
- Feeding not adapted or individually controlled (minibox, floor feeding).
- Non-homogeneous batches in body condition prior to maternity
- Waste of feed
GESTAL SOLO: Feeding systems for lactating sows
This system helps to feed each sow precisely according to its will and needs (genetics, farrowing number, body condition or number of piglets).
Its functioning is based on each sow receiving the amount of feed corresponding to its needs, at the request of the animal. Thus, we immediately identify those sows that deviate from the optimal pattern of intake, something important since it is known that deviations from the ideal pattern of intake can impair the productive performance of animals. (Koketsu et al., Journal of Animal Sci., 1996a Usui et al., Kanto ASJ, 2014)
The system allows us to link GESTAL data with information management systems such as PigCHAMP and transform them into useful information that helps the early detection of problems and decision making based on data.
All this allows us to:
- Monitoring daily and hourly the individual feeding curve.
- Reducing the time physically dedicated to feeding sows.
- Productive benefits derived from the tranquillity of the sow (crushed piglets, oestrus)
- Reducing the waste of feed