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Optimal equipment for efficient delivery of feed to outdoor sows with minimal soil damage

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Project owner: Final-year Harper Adams University students on BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Mechanisation course

Duration: 2014 – 2015 

Aims and objectives 

This was a student Group Enterprise Project, as part of their final year course assessment. Their challenge was to consider how to take feed from the store to the pigs and deliver it in quantities needed accurately, with minimal soil damage. 

Thus it was a ‘blue sky’ project, in part designed to increase their knowledge of the pig industry as well as asking them to think innovatively and deliver ideas which might be of interest for further investigation.  

Findings 

  • The group came up with six different ideas/concepts: a self-propelled feeder, lightweight bulk bin, drone feeder, low ground pressure feeder, fence feeder system and a low-cost bulk feeder
  • They considered environmental protection and how this can be improved by developing new feeding systems
  • Other aspects discussed included the form of sow feed, sow health and wellbeing, overall farm profitability

Further information 

For the Harper Adams University students’ views and ideas, please read their final report.