Osborne Pig Feeder Fast Start Feature

Pig Feeders from Barn World

Barn Word has carried the industry-leading Osborne premium pig feeders and outdoor hog feeders for years now and leave it to them to set the bar high yet again with the introduction of the new Fast Start nursery-to-finishing feeder conversion feature.  This innovation allows the feeder to start out as pure gravity feeder for you young ones and will automatically convert to an on-demand feeder to eliminate food waste as they grow.  This saves money!

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Gravity to On-demand Automatically!

Gravity Feeding

The new Fast Start feeder conversion feature allows the benefits of a straight gravity feed for when the pigs are too small to turn a wheel and operate an on-demand feeder.  While this young and small, they need a constant supply of feed for healthy weight gains and the gravity dispensing method the best for their needs.  It ensures they have enough feed into the trough at all times for free feeding.  As they eat, the new feed will fall directly in the trough and take it’s place.

All is well and good until they gain a little size and start scattering food out of the trough during their new rough and tumble manners.  As they grow into this larger size, it becomes necessary to feed them with an on-demand system to limit food and financial losses!

Converting from Gravity to Mechanical Dispensing

As your pigs get bigger, they begin creating what’s sometimes referred to as ‘play waste’.  Their more active and rowdy behavior can knock the feed right out of the trough were it gets trampled and wasted on the ground or floor.  It’s at this time, when their size and activity dictates that they need a more response type feeder that the Osborne Fast Start feature automatically kicks in.  It converts from an open gravity feeder to an on-demand only feeder.  As your large pigs feed, they will start bumping and pushing the paddle sweep that they couldn’t move before.  This activity turns the feed bar paddle through the trough and begins the conversion of the feeder to an on-demand only system.

As the sweep it moved around the trough, it beings to close the gravity feed holes used to freely dispense food.  As these holes are gradually closed shut, the feed can only be dispensed is when the paddle sweep is moved and the conversion is complete.   Food is only released when asked for which doesn’t allow for food to sit in the trough to be scattered or spoiled, helping to eliminate waste while still allowing your animals to eat whenever they need.  Best of all, as the paddle sweep travels through the trough, it cleans it at the same time!  Now you’re eliminating spoilage in the trough with the self-cleaning sweep paddles and dispensing feed only when called for.  Self-cleaning and feeding only when needed will keep your operation clean and as waste free as possible which increases your profits!!

A popular pig feeder for good reason

While being an industry leading manufacturer of pig and hog feeders in the United States, Osborne has again come up with a unique and AUTOMATIC feed-saving feature to make your operation run a bit more smoothly.    This new gravity to mechanical dispenser conversion, combined with the self-cleaning feature of the trough paddle sweep, makes these feeders some of the most popular in the industry.

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Pig Feeders and Hog Feeders: create an efficient feeding operation

Hog Feeder Supreme

Pig feeders and hog feeders

Whether you’re raising pigs in your backyard or have a large hog operation, dispensing feed to your animals is essential for keeping them healthy and growing. To make this job a whole lot easier and more efficient, the use of a fill-and-forget feeder is a necessity and a great convenience.  The use of top-of-the-line Sioux Steel pig feeders and hog feeders will provide the most convenient and efficient feed delivery system for you and your swine.

Pig Feeders

Pigs are defined as weighing 120 pounds or less and technically anything over 120 pounds is considered a hog. That’s not to say that they wouldn’t eat out of each others feeders, but the difference in appetite between pigs and hogs will require different feeder holding capacities to allow for an efficient feeding system. Pig feeders are designed for smaller animals and are typically kept indoors while they grow in size.

Hog Feeder Nursery

Nursery Pig Feeders

The smallest pig feeders are called nursery feeders and are designed for pigs that are weaning size up to 90 pounds. These feeders are made from polyethylene and have a metal frame that connect the hopper section to the feeding trough below.  The polyethylene hopper prevents any kind of rust or corrosion from eating away at the feeder and promotes longevity in the life of the feeder. The feeder is available in 2 bushels or 3 bushels and both sizes have a 20 inch feed pan and six feeding stations.

Grower Pig Feeder

The next size up is the six bushel grower feeder that feeds pigs from 40 pounds all the way up to market weight. It has a slightly larger 28 inch feed pan and allows for eight pigs to feed at separate feeding stations at once. Typically used to feed 50 to 55 pigs, this durable feeder has smooth inside walls to keep a constant feed flow coming freely and un-obstructed. It can dispense high moisture grains without bridging, clumping or building up inside the hopper.

Finishing Pig Feeder

The finishing feeder also has a six bushel capacity but has a larger 34 inch trough.  It feeds pigs from 40 pounds up to market weight and is also designed to feed 50 to 55 pigs in eight separate feeding stations.  There is an optional fence-line adapter so you may feed two separated pens with one feeder.

Like the other feeders, it has an animal activated feeding system that keeps an even distribution of feed around the trough. No clumping or piling up of feed on one side of the trough while the other side goes hungry.

Hog Feeders

As the pigs (technically 120 pounds or less) grow larger, they will consume more and more feed which will require a feeder with larger capacities.  To accommodate their growing appetite and size, a larger hog feeder is necessary to maintain the efficiency of your feed distribution system.  The larger volume hog feeders are available in both poly hopper and metal hopper designs.

Hog feeders with metal hoppers – Sioux Supreme Hog Feeders

Hog Feeder Supreme

The traditional outdoor large capacity hog feeder is made with heavy galvanized 12 gauge steel. It sits on polyethylene skids that never rust and are designed to hold the feeder off the ground. The Sioux Steel Supreme hog feeder has 12 large openings that create feeding zones so hogs can easily consume the feed undisturbed and without bickering.  The trough has very strong plastic doors to protect the feed from the elements and allow individual feeding.

The Supreme feeder has a convenient feed flow adjustment control that regulates the rate of feed being dispensed to the trough. The seamless top cover is made even stronger with reinforcement beads and has a ‘wide hinge’ for convenient filling.

These reliable and durable hog feeders are available in 40, 60, and 80 bushel capacities and can ship anywhere in the US.

Hog feeders with poly hoppers – Big O Feeders

Hog Feeder Big O

Just like the Supreme hog feeders, the Big O outdoor hog feeder is designed to hold large quantities and is available in 40, 65, and 90 bushels capacities.  They all have 12 feeding stations in the trough and a side feed adjustment to regulate the feed flow. This set and forget feeder will allow your hogs to eat to their hearts content.

Designed for outdoor use, the Big O feeder is made with a plastic top and trough to eliminate rust and corrosion. Even hog lot acids have no effect on the feeder.  The large 56 inch polyethylene lid not only protects your precious feed from the fiercest winds and rains, but also provides easy access for quick filling.  The entire feeder rests on polyethylene skids so it can be moved around the yard If necessary.

When looking for the most efficient and convenient way to distribute feed to your animals, consider the top-of-the-line Sioux Steel pig feeders and hog feeders from Barn World a top distributor of livestock supplies and cattle guards!