News last update:Feb 25, 2016

Slat plate against wear problem in piggeries

Slatted floors in piggeries in areas subject to high wear, particularly adjacent to feeders, can become dangerous and non-compliant with EU regulations regarding slat gaps. However, concrete slat panels, are usually difficult and costly to replace.

UK equipment specialist, Quality Equipment, has come up with a simple solution - a high density plastic slat plate. The slat plates are simply placed over the worn area and are secured by stainless steel anchor bolts, either directly through the plate or via clips fixed around the edges.

Suitable for weaners, growers and finishers, the 15mm plates are generally supplied at 1m x 0.5m (3ft 3in x 1ft 7in) and slots can be cut to ensure a snug fit around equipment. Priced at £29.60 per plate, including fixings, they are suitable for areas too badly damaged or eroded for conventional repairs. Larger plates can be supplied if required.

“With pig welfare rules tightening, piggeries are coming under increasing scrutiny, particularly slatted floors,” said QE director Graham Baker. “We produced these panels in response to requests from customers and have already had a good feedback.”

QE has sold large quantities of a stainless steel slat inert which it developed in 2012 as a result of new EU regulations on maximum slat gaps. The slat plate complements this product.

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