Zinpro introduces sow chute
American company Zinpro Performance Minerals has
launched a sow chute, designed to help tackle one aspect of sow lameness;
overgrown and unbalanced claws.
Distorted claws can cause abnormal gait in the sow,
predispose feet to injury and other painful claw lesions, and result in greater
likelihood of culling from the herd. The chute allows the sow to be safely and
comfortably secured and lifted, giving the handler free access to the
This makes foot inspection, identification of lesions, and
corrective trimming possible without the risk to sow or handler associated with
sedation or other methods of restraint. The company's 'Feet First' spokesman,
Max Winders, says the chute proved so comfortable during trials that sows almost
fell asleep in it.
A patent on the chute technology is currently
pending. The chute is part of the company's Feet First project which aims to
address the issues around sow lameness and its impact on herd health,
productivity and performance.
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