Rattlerow’s ‘new-concept’ Aardvark, scoops a first at the British Pig and Poultry Fair

 

Presenting the winners certificate during BPPF (l-r), John Lewis, Publisher of Pig World, which sponsors the Innovation Awards, congratulates Adrian Lawson of Rattlerow and Jamie MacDonald of Con-Tented Products

Presenting the winners certificate (l-r), John Lewis, Publisher of Pig World, which sponsors the Innovation Awards, congratulates Adrian Lawson of Rattlerow and Jamie MacDonald of Con-Tented Products

The dome-shaped ark, designed by Rattlerow’s joint MD Adrian Lawson, was named best new product in the event’s pig sector Innovation Awards.

Judges were impressed by the Aardvark’s spherical, circular design, which produces a spacious, comfortable environment while promoting piglet safety.

The novel shape means sows cannot lie against walls and therefore are less likely to trap piglets. The hut’s integral creep feeding trough and piglet drinker, positioned discretely in the fender, also embraces new thinking on pre-weaning management of outdoor piglets which should also help outdoor herds further reduce piglet mortality, lift weaning weights and improve weaner quality.

The award winning Aardvark farrowing hut

The award-winning Aardvark. A contemporary design aimed at improving piglet safety and performance outdoors.

Officially launched at the Fair, the robust, twin-skin plastic hut grabbed plenty of attention during the two-day show.

Manufactured under license by Cambridgeshire-based plastic moulding specialist Techneat Engineering Aardvark is now being made and marketed exclusively for Rattlerow by the firm within its Con-Tented products brand.

 

A report on Aardvark, it’s development and comments from Rattlerow herds that are now using the circular hut will feature on site shortly.