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New 'clean air' finishing barn pulls in the crowds

by 5m Editor
31 July 2007, at 2:51pm

NORDHORN - Well-attended Open Day

Alfons uit het Broek decided on expanding his operation by constructing a pig house with 2,000 finishing places. The new barn was recently inaugurated with a an open day: approximately 2,500 interested pig producers, relatives and friends from both sides of the German-Dutch border inspected the brand new building and its equipment. 0The main focus of interest was Big Dutchman's effective solution for emission problems: the MagixX exhaust air washer, as otimum emission reduction is becoming 0increasingly important both for German farmers and their Dutch colleagues.

Optimum supply in all areas

Visitors receive a short introduction.

The turnkey building is constructed by Big Dutchman and 0is built from double-layer brickwork. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. With an overall length of 92.60m and 31m width, the building houses 17 compartments plus one extra compartment with 12 pens each. Each pen will be stocked with 10 pigs. Feed is supplied by the computer-controlled Dry Exact feeding system and distributed based on weight by PicNic automatic feeders.

The pigs are supplied with water by three nipple drinkers, two of which are installed at the feeder and a third drinker installed in the pen. A dispensing system which can be used to add medicine to the water, if required, allows uit het Broek to flexibility when treating any 0illness. The entire system is governed by a MC 99 NT feeding computer which ensures precise control of the dry feeding system from monitoring of growth rates up to evaluation of the entire finishing period.

Minimised emissions

Feed kitchen with DRY EXACT dry feeding system

For climate control, uit het Broek has opted for the latest computer technology from Big Dutchman: the user-friendly climate computer MC 135 0 which ensures that the house climate is controlled precisely and reliably under observance of all major parameters. Fresh air is let in from the sides to the central aisle, which 0equipped with chimneys, and is from there it is directed further into the individual compartments.

Before any stale air leaves the house again, dust, ammonia and odour emissions are reduced to a minimum using Big Dutchman’s MagixX exhaust air washer. Depending on the required cleaning rate, different cleaning stages are available through which the stale air is pushed by means of exhaust air fans. As a result, the system can reduce dust by 95 per cent, ammonia by approx. 70 per cent 0and odours by 80 per cent. Independent practical tests confirm MagixX's enormous performance benefits — as proven by the successful results achieved during the Dutch certification procedure.