Hybrid units and high feed conversion among finishers

During the summer of 2020, Vilomix was fortunate enough to take photos of finishers at Peder Rasmussen’s farm in Denmark. Apart from getting some great photos, it turned out that Peder’s hybrid unit had a truly exciting story to tell.

A story of a hybrid unit built 3 years ago, equipped with innovative solutions to reduce ammonia and the unit’s impact on its surroundings. Chemical aircleaning removes more than 80% of the ammonia. The reduction of ammonia in the system is done by using only 0,7kg sulfuric acid/finisher. It is accomplished by combining floor extraction with computer controlled natural ventilation. 

Peder’s finisher unit has 4975 pen spaces, giving an annual production of around 20,000 finishers. Then there’s a 350 m2 feed barn, first-class personnel facilities and a large despatch section.

Air filtering reduces the impact of the unit on the environment, and is dimensioned to allow Peder to double production in the future.

Hybrid ventilation gives a better indoor climate with lower energy consumption, and high pressure cooling keeps the unit cool. There is automatic slurry removal and cooling to provide heat in the building – including underfloor and spatial heating. The energy consumption is at a level of 60% compared to a traditional finisher farm. The automatic slurry removal is done once a week, where the slurry is being delivered to the local biogas plant and hereby secures a very low methane emission.

The wide passages ensure rapid movement when the pigs are being despatched.

All-in-all, Peder’s hybrid unit means:

  • Lower energy consumption
  • Lower environmental impact
  • Optimum indoor climate to the benefit of the livestock and personnel
  • Improved logistics and easy overview of the pigs
  • High productivity, including a low feed consumption and a low mortality rate
  • Good production economy

Peder is rightly proud of his hybrid unit! And the optimum facilities result in a good production economy.

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