The Osborne Industries Mark IV FIRE (feed intake recording equipment) pig performance testing feeder system is an ad-libitum feeder that automates the measurement of an animal’s individual daily feed intake. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, animals are identified at the FIRE station, allowing FIRE to assign all measurements to records. A sensitive load cell continually weighs the trough and feed, allowing FIRE to record the time and duration of each unique visit, along with the weight of feed consumed. The information is transferred in real-time to a personal computer into the WinFIRE RT software application to generate reports and study.
Additional features of the Mark IV FIRE system include an impact- and corrosion-resistant pDCPD plastic feed saver front panel with an over-turned lip to minimize feed spillage under the trough. A trough alignment and stabilization kit improves the accuracy of the feed trough.