Legacy Pork Opens Doors to New Sow Unit
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
August 9, 2019
Legacy Pork welcomed guests to tour their new, 5,000-head farrow-to-wean sow unit in Curryville, Mo., on Wednesday. The new facility was built on the old Spring Lake Pork site that was destroyed by a fire 15 months ago. They plan to open in late August with their first delivery of gilts and boars.
They will partner with Biddle Farms and PIC for their farm’s genetics. One of the biggest changes they made when building the new facility was incorporating a different feeding system, says Jordan Epperson, co-owner.
“Before we had a large pen feeding system with 300 animals to a pen,” Jordan says. “It was very labor intensive and took more people to run the operation.”
The Eppersons believe the new Gestal electronic feeding system will allow their team to work more efficiently throughout the day.
They will be producing raised-without-antibiotic weanpigs for Lynch Livestock in Waucoma, Iowa. Part of Lynch Livestock’s animal welfare guidelines require gilts and sows to be moved out of pregnancy stalls into pen gestation immediately after breeding to allow sows to exhibit natural behaviors and exist in a pen environment.
Of course, like many things, it offers a few challenges. One of those challenges is finding those sows if they come back into estrus. To overcome this obstacle, they have created boar stations in the pens to help recognize if the gilts or sows are spending too much time around the boar.
The new feeding systems allow...