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Come visit us at LAMMA 2017! Hall 8 – 829

Spanwright UK will be exhibiting at the UK’s largest agricultural and machinery show on the 18th and 19th of January. LAMMA 2017 takes place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Come and visit us in Hall 8, Stand 829 to view our extensive agricultural precast concrete range and discuss your requirements.

More details about the show are available from the Lamma website. There is free parking at the event, and no need to register.  Event open from 7.30am – 5pm on Wednesday 18th, and from 7.30-4.30 on Thursday 19th.

With 900 exhibitors, the show attracts over 40,000 farmers from across the United Kingdom and Europe. Spanwright UK will have their innovative concrete drying floor on display. The product was first launched at LAMMA 2015 and has seen subtle developments over the last couple of years to make it a popular choice for drying grain, wood chip and other material.

Dairy farmer, David Coulthard is one Spanwright UK customer already enjoying the benefits of the ventilated drying floor solution;

“We needed a flexible floor option to dry both grain and woodchip and the Spanwright Drying Floor has proven to be efficient in the drying of both materials. We have even started selling surplus woodchip adding revenue to the farm. The floor is hard wearing and durable and was installed with minimal disruption to other farm activities.”
David Coulthard, Justicetown Farm

This latest addition to the Spanwright UK product range perfectly compliments our expansive and growing range of precast concrete products for farm use:

Helpful Industry Guidance For Your New Pig Building

Helpful Industry Guidance For Your New Pig Building

 

ADHB (formerly BPEX) mission is to help pig farmers and processors to become more competitive and profitable. The association have issued a lot of helpful publications through the years to existing and aspiring pig producers. Spanwright UK have taken a closer look at their material and summarised some of their findings relating to pig buildings.

The BPEX British Pig Project published by the Meat and Livestock Commision (MLC) recognised the huge opportunity for the British Pig Industry, but the definite need to improve performance of existing pig units. The publication highlighted the lack of reinvestment and the inefficiencies of production in pig buildings near the end of their useful life. The consequence being an increased cost of production when compared to our European counterparts. The purpose of the British Pig Project was therefore to create a comprehensive and objective guide to improving production by investing and reinvesting in modern finisher buildings.

Dry Sow House  Pig Finishing House 7  AGR14-081

Spanwright have been involved in the construction of Pig Buildings for some of the UK & Ireland’s leading Pig Producers

The same document proceeds to detail a recommended standard for design of pig buildings and examines the pros and cons of the models available to British Pig Producers. Consideration is given to ventilation, cost of build, flexibility and maintenance before outlining the other areas such as finance, pig nutrition, planning application processes, environmental and quality requirements. The full document can be downloaded here.

A more recent, 2013 publication by BPEX; Finisher Pig Buildings Design and Build – a blueprint for farms follows up on the British Pig Project with a detailed and refreshed analysis of the two main types of pig buildings;

  • 1,000 capacity fully slatted finishing building
  • 1,035 capacity solid floor, straw bedded building

The publication recognises that the slatted pig building is typical in use where efficiency of production is essential. It notes that cost of production can be further enhanced in areas subject to high and fluctuating straw prices. A typical construction cost of £160 per pig place is quoted for the straw bedded pig building. A slatted pig building is estimated to cost just a small fraction more at £190 per pig place with further scope for reduction.

Previous BPEX research published by MLC established a cost of around 1.5p/kg of deadweight for straw bedding along with 3p/kg of deadweight in additional labour. In a 12 week fattening cycle (30kg to 105kg) this equates to an estimated saving of almost £5 per finished pig. Just 16 months after commissioning a slatted house, the extra cost could be recovered and pig producers can realise the benefits of the reduced cost of production along with more available time to develop other aspects of their business.

Spanwright have worked closely with many of the UK & Ireland’s leading pig producers. Browse through some case studies of just some recent pig buildings we are proud to be associated with;

Why choose concrete pig slats?

  • Reduced cost of production1
  • Reduced mortality rate1
  • Reduced labour input1
  • Reduced veterinary & health treatments1
  • Improved Hygiene1
  • Efficient Slurry Storage
  • More rodent proof
  • Not subject to fluctuation in straw prices

1based on Finishing Pig System Trials carried out and published by the MLC:
Production Trial 1 | Production Trial 2 | Production Trial 3 | Production Trial 4

Why choose Spanwright?

  • 30 years’ experience in the manufacture of concrete slats
  • Dedicated design and detailing support team to work closely with your team
  • Certified Factory Production Control
  • High Strength Concrete & High Quality Product
  • Brushed finish for reduced slip and increased grip
  • The widest range of CE certified concrete slats in the UK & Ireland
    • Allowing greater flexibility to your needs
  • Vast range of complimentary products (internal & external wall panels)

Should you wish to discuss the construction of a slatted pig building with our expert team please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Come visit us at Lamma 2016!

Spanwright UK will be exhibiting at the UK’s largest agricultural and machinery show on the 20th and 21st of January. LAMMA 2016 takes place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Come and visit us in Hall 8, Stand 846 to view our extensive agricultural precast concrete range and discuss your requirements.

With 900 exhibitors, the show attracts over 40,000 farmers from across the United Kingdom and Europe. Spanwright UK will have their innovative concrete drying floor on display. The product was first launched at LAMMA 2015 and has seen subtle developments over the last 12 months to make it a popular choice for drying grain, wood chip and other material.

Dairy farmer, David Coulthard is one Spanwright UK customer already enjoying the benefits of the ventilated drying floor solution;

“We needed a flexible floor option to dry both grain and woodchip and the Spanwright Drying Floor has proven to be efficient in the drying of both materials. We have even started selling surplus woodchip adding revenue to the farm. The floor is hard wearing and durable and was installed with minimal disruption to other farm activities.”
David Coulthard, Justicetown Farm

This latest addition to the Spanwright UK product range perfectly compliments our expansive and growing range of precast concrete products for farm use;

  • Concrete Cattle Slats
  • Concrete Cubicle Beds & Cubicle End Walls
  • Concrete Slurry Channels and Cover Slats
  • Concrete Feeding Troughs
  • Concrete Pig Slats
  • Concrete Wall Panels