Many farms across the country are already managing sows in groups. This section presents ten barns (both new builds and renovations) representing a variety of locations, herd sizes, and feed systems where group sow housing is already in use.
Stephen Moffett, Moffett Farms
Stephen Moffett owns Moffet Farms, a 1200 sow farrow-to-wean operation located in Sussex, New Brunswick. The barn was built new in 2004. The gestation room has 16 pens with 60 sows per pen, using CanArm and Schauer ESF feeders. The sows are bred weekly and managed in static groups.Find Out More
Wim van Wijk, Horst Farms
Wim van Wijk is the owner and operator of Horst Farms, a 275 sow farrow-to- finish farm located near Red Deer, Alberta. In 2013 he was considering a herd depopulation to address a disease problem and decided that this was a good opportunity to move to groups. The timing could not have been […]Find Out More
Matador Colony is near Swift Current Saskatchewan. The farrow-to-finish pig operation has 600 sows and was opened in early 2015 with 11 Nedap ESF units being used for different age females in a Dynamic group setting. The ESF units allow mixing of 2 different feed rations plus the addition of growth curves. They are using […]Find Out More
Geert Geene, Amberley Bacon Company
Amberley Bacon Company is a 1400 sow farrow-to-wean barn located in Huron County, Ontario. The new barn was built in 2011, with gestating sows housed in groups fed via a competitive feeding system. Geene’s family had always managed sows in groups, so group housing was a natural choice when designing the new barn.Find Out More