adjusting a feed dispenser
When feed dispensers are fully opened up to max. strength, it’s worth checking whether they need an overhaul or replacement as soon as possible, as it will not be possible to adjust them fully. Switching them to washing setting is not the answer, as this often locks the feeder, making it harder for the pigs to get the feed out.
Fully open feeders for the first 1-3 weeks are perfectly normal, followed by slowly closing them again in line with the pigs getting bigger and better able to activate them.
Here’s an example of the financial value of increasing the feed strength from 0.8 to 0.9 FUsv/pig/day:
If feed strength is increased to 0.9, it will mean around DKK 24 per pig (DK prices week 14). The gain from increased growth is greatest and make up DKK 19 out of the DKK 24 per pig. Feed consumption accounts for DKK 5 per pig.
Different feed strengths are shown in the table above, and the productivity often achieved in relation to daily gain and feed consumption. If working with feed strength of 0.9 FUsv/day, and feed consumption of over 1.8 FUsv, it can mean that there is feed waste. This should of course be minimised as much as possible, e.g. by putting a metal or plastic sheet under the dispenser.