Thursday, December 29, 2016

Striving to Find the Better Way

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”
– Thomas Edison

While innovation never quits at PigEasy, it can certainly ebb and flow.  Sometimes great ideas get stuck in Dad’s noggin for quite a while before he begins messing around in the shop creating the first proto-type. Even then, parts and pieces to the "next big thing" have been known to collect dust waiting to prove their worth.

Who can blame the guy? We’ve been busy.

Traveling all around the Midwest has us thinking we wished we would have tracked all the back roads we’ve zoomed through driven the appropriate speed on back when we started promoting the MealMeter almost four years ago. We aren’t sure if they really look familiar or the landscape is just beautiful everywhere we travel.

For instance, we were up in Winnipeg, Manitoba a few weeks ago for the Prairie Livestock Expo. We thought we knew cold weather here in Iowa…that is until we visited our Canadian neighbors. WOW! That’s a whole new level of freezing cold. Not counting a little run-in with black ice and a median on the way home, the trip was all positive. Everyone at the Expo was exceptionally friendly and we look forward to heading back there again (preferably when it’s warmer).

Our time back in Iowa has been spent developing new products as well as creating different options of our tried and true ones.

Chuck-It Bucket XL

We’ve had some customers request larger Chuck-It Buckets. Our regular Chuck-It Bucket size is great for a typical 3000 head sow farm with a regular loader bucket size, but could be small for larger operations. The Chuck-It Bucket XL is the answer for your larger farm with a 3,000lb and 48 cu. ft. holding capacity.

New MealMeter Applications

We often hear positive feedback on the MealMeter feed dispenser and have found other areas in a farm that benefit from maximizing feed intake while eliminating feed waste, such as a sick pen or boar pen. Customers have been happy with the amount of feed saved, in addition to eliminating the need for another watering pan.

More applications for the MealMeter are in store for 2017 – unfortunately, we’re not at a point where we can disclose all of them, so we’re going to have to leave you hanging in suspense!

Feedback Cart

Another item that has been working on our farm for years is a feedback or back-feeding cart. Ours is an easy tool (go figure!). To use, simply open the valve and walk down the aisle at a pace that gives you the recommended dosage. This is a superior solution in many ways. 1) There’s no heavy lifting or bending involved, and 2) feedback dosage is uniform. You know that the first sow in the row is getting the same amount as the last sow in the row. A 5 gallon bucket just can’t compete.

The PigEasy feedback cart is so new, it’s not even on our website or brochures yet. Call (888) 354-0112 for more details.

ISU Ventilation Project

The most exciting news I have is one I can tell you the least about. What I can disclose, though, is that PigEasy is working with Iowa State University on a preliminary trial to improve pit ventilation with one of Dad’s patented inventions. This idea pre-dates even the MealMeter. Dad was beginning to see all the benefits of this ventilation proto-type right around the time the MealMeter was taking off and requiring more attention.
With the original proto-type in for over 5 years and what we’ve seen with improvements to air quality and pit foaming issues, we have high hopes for the trial’s results and simply cannot wait to get this solution out to producers!

Upcoming Trade Shows

We will be showcasing a lot of the stuff discussed up above at the winter pork shows in January/February. Make sure to check out our booth location at the Expo you’re attending and stop by. We’d love to catch up with you!

South Dakota Pork Congress
Wednesday & Thursday, January 11-12, 2017
Sioux Falls, SD
Booth #112

Minnesota Pork Congress
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 17-18, 2017
Minneapolis, MN
Booth #641

Iowa Pork Congress
Wednesday & Thursday, January 25-26, 2017
Des Moines, IA
Booth #114

Missouri Pork Expo
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Columbia, MO

We hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best in 2017!

Until next time,


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Portabins - so much more!

“When taking in to consideration all the attributes that Prairie Pride Poly Bins have to offer, it was an easy decision to bring them on board to distribute. They fit right in with our philosophy.” 

This is a phrase that you will often hear from us here at PigEasy. So the question comes up, why? What makes Prairie Pride Polybins so easy? 

This is when the list of many attributes occur. Throughout the last few months promoting the polybins that list has definitely grown. We started with the main points, visibility, seamless construction, strong and durable, and ease of use, but there is so much more! Feed bridging can be a huge issue with livestock farmers as that leads to out of feed events. With its smooth finish and seamless sides, Polybins save you from one more hassle. Add that to the visibility if there is an issue, Polybins take the guess out of what's going on with your feed bins.  

First, let's talk misconceptions...

One of the biggest misconceptions is that polybins are only for swine. That's not the case! These bins can be very versatile in any operation. In addition to swine, Polybins can be used in turkey and cattle operations with less corrosion. The polyethylene material is strong, durable and long lasting. How nice would it be to have this in the pasture or feedlot?

To top it off, they're portable!

One product that gets left behind most times is the Prairie Pride Portabin. These bins come in 4 foot and 5 foot diameter. Depending on which one fits best into your operation they hold anywhere between ½ ton and 2 ton of feed. These bins hold all the same features of the standalone bins, BUT, there is so much more!

 Along with the galvanized steel stand there is also a galvanized bottom that fits on the forks of your skid steer, forklift, or a pallet jack. Don’t need it to be portable? OK! The stainless steel stand can also stand alone with some simple modifications.

Much of the time you have an area where you mix your own feed ration, wouldn’t it be nice to not have to open all those bags? You can take the Portabin to town and fill up at the feed mill as it will fit in the back of your truck, which saves time and money! When they are portable you ease your operation up tremendously. How many times are you running to the pasture with calf creep? You can now store it in one container and all you have to do is open a slide gate!

Time Savings = Money Savings

As you know time is a HUGE factor that we all play with our daily operations. Because we all get busy it is easy to forget to check bins, costing us in the long run as the feed mill is running late or on the weekends. But when the almost empty bin is staring at you the whole time it may make it a little easier to call sooner!  If an out of feed event would occur it costs us more money, some of which we don’t gain back. We all go by the saying there are just not enough hours in the day. If you were able to cut down the amount of time you spend on the little things and had more time to focus on your family wouldn’t that pay for itself?

- Dawn