Danish livestock equipment company Egebjerg International has introduced an innovation to their free access stall concepts, assuring extra security for the welfare of sows.
The solution has been presented as a remedy to a well-known welfare problem related to stalls and group housed sows: Animals trying to enter an occupied stall. The company’s existing locking system does prevent this when the rear gate is closed, but when two sows try to enter a stall virtually simultaneously, problems could occur.
The Danish company has therefore introduced a patented bar with a spring. This two metre bar stretches from the stall’s front gate to the rear gate and holds the rear gate closed when a sow is inside.