On-farm trials involving the use of carcase cooling containers to deal with fallen stock have already produced “encouraging” findings, according to AHDB Pork.
“We’re really enthusiastic about the initial findings which indicate that cooling containers can maintain dead bin temperatures at between 2°C and 7°C, even when external temperatures hit 30°C,” said AHDB Pork’s environment and building research coordinator, Susan Rabbich.
“As a result, odour is reduced along with the number of flies which makes for a much more pleasant environment for staff and pigs. What’s more, the bins look neat, tidy and professional which all helps with community relations.”
Due to last for 14 months in total, the trials are being run on two separate units with the aim of evaluating the operation and performance of cooling containers for the on-farm storage of dead pigs (fallen stock).
“It’s hoped that chilling dead stock will help to achieve improved biosecurity on farm,” said Ms Rabbich, adding that the early findings also indicated the containers will be relatively cost effective to run.
“During the summer, running costs were around 80p a day and we anticipate that this will fall as we move into the cooler months.”