Farmex is offering an upgrade to the software on its Dicam controllers to safeguard the health and welfare of housed pigs in controlled-environment buildings.
The £50 upgrade is on all controllers with an alarm function. It ensures that stock people cannot permanently deactivate the alarm, for example when emptying pens. An effective alarm system is a legal requirement to ensure pigs have sufficient ventilation.
If an operator mistakenly leaves a room inactive when restocking or while it still has pigs in it, the high – or low – temperature will still trigger the alarm. Individual rooms can be inactivated when empty, or when the power is to be turned off.
The upgrade overcomes the problem of human error if a person forgets to re-activate the room when restocking, says Farmex managing director Hugh Crabtree.