Osborne Industries introduces FAST Start wean-to-finish feeder
Osborne Industries, Inc., Osborne, Kansas, has introduced the FAST Start wean-to-finish feeder, which features the no-waste, feed saving aspects of the Big Wheel family of mechanical-flow feeders, but operates in gravity-flow mode for newly weaned pigs. The feeder then automatically converts to mechanical-flow as pigs grow. The automated feature allows pigs to grow from wean to finish on a single feeder without any adjustments, and yet save feed, ensure feed freshness and grow animals efficiently. When weaned pigs are put on the feeder, small slides in the feed hopper bottom are open, allowing feed to freely flow into the trough. As pigs grow, they begin turning the multi-spoke feed wheel in the bottom of the trough, which closes the slides on the feed hopper bottom. A feed sweep, located in the bottom of the feed hopper and attached to the feed wheel, sweeps feed past the cone and out of the hopper to the trough. Feed falls through the center hole into the trough, where the feed wheel dispenses it to the pigs. Feed stops flowing when pigs stop moving the wheel, allowing for the automatic conversion from gravity to mechanical flow. Made of abrasion- and corrosion-resistant RTM-molded plastic, the feeder operates with minimal maintenance for years. For more information, call 800-255-0316 or visit www.osbornelivestockequipment.com.