The EasySlider is a computer-controlled feeding system for sows in farrowing pens. It is mounted underneath the volume dispenser and allows the sow to choose when to eat. The sow only has to nudge a pendulum inside the feed pipe and a serving is dispensed. After a time, she can request her next portion and it will be dispensed.
With the BigFarmNet control system, an individual feed curve can be set for each sow, with the sows eating up to five times per day. Meals are distributed throughout the day rather than at predetermined feeding times. This has a positive effect on the digestion, lactation, and body condition of each sow. Piglets are also safer, as there is no immediate scramble for sows to reach their food, like with traditional feeding times.