When officials at the Iowa State University (ISU) Swine Research Farm looked to remodel two existing barns, they knew they needed to work with a company that could develop and manufacture feeders to fit the unique requirements for nutrition studies.
As Trey Faaborg, ISU’s farm manager, searched for such a company, he chose Farmweld. “We were in need of single-hole and double-hole dry feeders that could accommodate daily weighing,” Faaborg says.
It just so happens that Brent Jackson, Farmweld’s local sales representative, is an ISU alumnus. “When the opportunity surfaced to work with my alma mater, I was excited to help,” Jackson said. “ISU has a strong swine research division and like other universities, pushes that information to pork producers to make sure everything that’s learned benefits not only the pigs produced but also pork producers and their employees.”
Faaborg provided Farmweld with measurements and explained what he needed. Phone calls throughout the process ensured that ISU’s priorities would be met and the feeders would fit seamlessly into the remodel.
“Farmweld provided a solution for the ISU project by doing what we do best, listening and matching customer needs with our capabilities,” says Aaron Niebrugge, Farmweld sales manager.
The trials that ISU researchers are currently conducting address gut health, growth rate, average daily gain, feed waste, feed additives, mycotoxin binders and more. Each trial runs anywhere from two weeks to three months and can involve multiple researchers. “We have multiple trials running on both types of feeders and everything is working great.” Faaborg explains.
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