Island Acres Sow Farm

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Ryan and Reagan Hunter’s 2,500-sow farm in southern Michigan features innovative odor reduction equipment and pig-proof access doors.

  1. The production site consists of a ’160-foot x ’352-foot stanchion gestation house and a 139-foot x 286-foot farrowing house with 440 farrowing crates.

     

  1. Twenty-six 54-inch AirStorm X-Brace fans power the tunnel-ventilated gestation house./strong>

     

  1. Exhaust air is pulled through a plastic scrubber wall to reduce dust and odor emissions.

     

  2. Water from a below-ground reservoir is continuously trickled over the scrubber wall trapping dust and gases from the exhaust air.

     

  1. Air scrubbers are also installed on the gestation building’s four pit doghouses. Each doghouse contains two 36-inch AirStorm fans.

     

  2. Curtain openings on each end of the farrowing building supply air to the insulated attic year around. Air enters the room through actuated ceiling inlets.

     

  1. Each of 11 farrowing room contains 40 galvanized crates with cast/TriBar flooring.

     

  1. Aqua Bowl cups reduce water wastage and encourage the pigs to drink earlier. Removing the water source from the crate sides creates drier pen conditions promoting longer equipment life.

     

  1. A Grow-Disk chain system supplies feed to SowMAX dispensers located above each farrowing bowl. Sows receive ad lib rations by activating a simple trigger mechanism.

     

  1. Simple vertical slider doors allow animal movement in and out of the farrowing rooms without the damage common to standard walk doors. Alley gates securely fasten to wall brackets to direct pig traffic.

     

  1. The facility also contains a weaning room outfitted with Hog Slat’s plastic flooring. The green section in each pen provides a solid area for creep feeding.