Flat-decks have long been the mainstay of high performance weaning accommodation. They are still available and are occasionally built. However, our development of the "Big Pen" system using our building expertise, and practical husbandry knowledge, has led to the rapid rise in popularity of these nurseries. Combined with this alternative is the trend away from a move at the traditional U.K. weight of around 15kg to 20kg and taking weaned pigs into big pens and growing them up to 35kg or 40kg.
This has been made possible and, indeed, many would say desirable because of our adoption of Skov ventilation systems which are capable and sensitive enough to provide accurate flow patterns and air distribution over this range of weights. There are many factors influencing the system chosen and discussions with our specialist team can start the process of elimination and choice.