The AP/Schauer Team has experience with a variety of pen housing options from total-slatted confinement barns, to partially-slatted sow barns, to deep bedded barns. ESF is totally flexible in its implementation and readily applicable to retrofitting existing facilities. Our expert team will provide concept designs for your ESF initiatives that include recommendations on pen size, shape and detail, to help minimize the untoward effects of social hierarchy in group housing. We will also meet with your management to help identify the best combination of animal flow and grouping strategies that promise maximum productivity and ease of use (e.g. static vs. dynamic or pre- vs. post-implantation crating). There is no substitute for success as over 100,000 sows are being fed by Compident ESF stations in AP Schauer-designed pen gestation barns across the U.S.
Positioning Compident ESF stations on walkways simplifies sow introduction and registration, and provides access to the units for service.
Laying areas, divided by partitions, provide sow comfort and protection and decrease aggression while promoting a stable group hierarchy.