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WEDA Development Manager Ralf Meyer

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WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp, the stable supplier of Ammar, has developed a new employment material together with the University of Kassel for piglets and fattening animals. With the rooting – mounted on the floor and holders and thrust cones polyurethane bite-resistant, food-safe, the animals can live out their natural play instinct and permanently involved in standing, sitting and lying. “Tested in different stalls, the handling of the animals with the cones results so far very positive: in particular-to-oriented” behaviors such as tail biting are reduced by the satisfied rooting instinct. This is relevant particularly against the background that from 2016 the prohibited German indoors will hold. Scientific studies demonstrate the practicality of the toy: in the experimental group with rooting cones, the animals used the cone significantly more often than the animals in the comparison groups with classic chain or ball.

The result: In the rooting Cone group significantly more than in the comparison group, peace with the result that also here the injuries clearly visible are decreased. The results of this so-called note taking”(visible scratches) have been comprehensively considered during product development. The root cone improved animal welfare for piglets (diameter: 60 mm) and fattening animals (diameter: 80 mm). For this, the spheres with flexible metal springs to a stable plastic base plate be mounted. So, attached, ensure the ball movements for change and resistance, so that the animals remain in the middle of the stables and not dodge in the corners.

The thrust balls were built in direct connection with the rooting cones. The need for the sows holder for grade employment material, just for the farrowing and deck area, was well known to us,”explains WEDA Development Manager Ralf Meyer. Available are the thrust balls into 3/4 inch and 1 inch and can be installed without removing the housing on the tubes of the farrowing cage or scuffing deck bays. Results the acceptance from holders of sows last but not least from the hygienic properties, a multi-vendor use of the quiet balls,”added Ralf Meyer.


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