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Farrowing Crates

Farrowing Crates

Hog Slat has been designing and manufacturing steel farrowing crates in the USA for over 35 years. Our farrowing crates are currently installed on both domestic and international sow farms and remain a trusted pig production solution for farrowing sows on farms ranging in size from large integrator breeding sites to small scale 4-H and show pig farrowing barns.

Pig Care

  • Hog Slat farrowing crates are designed to create a protective setting for farrowing sows and their new-born piglets, creating an ideal environment for litters to easily nurse, rest and maximize litter survivability.Hog Slat farrowing crates are designed to create a protective setting for farrowing sows and their new-born piglets, creating an ideal environment for litters to easily nurse, rest and maximize litter survivability.Hog Slat has worked with live hog production divisions from the largest integrators in the USA and abroad to design farrowing crate styles and features that meet the needs of many different pig farrowing systems
  • Hog Slat farrowing crates are designed to provide outstanding sow comfort before, during and after farrowing; while also creating a safe and productive environment for newborn piglets to grow during the nursing period before weaning
  • Hog Slat farrowing crates create a safe working environment for farrowing barn staff and allow easy access to the sow and piglets for assistance during farrowing, routine animal care and daily observations

Design Features

  • Front and rear doors are secured by gate drop rods, allowing them to be opened toward either side to provide easy entry/exit for sows
  • Hog Slat farrowing crate head gates are pre-punched to simplify installation of SowMAX Ad-Lib feeders
  • Hog Slat manufactures replacement bow bars, finger bars, legs, door panels and other farrowing crate parts that can be purchased individually; extending the lifetime value of your investment while preserving the integrity of high-wear components
  • All of our farrowing crate models are available in either our classic blue powder-coated epoxy paint or hot-dipped galvanized finishes

All Hog Slat farrowing crate models are designed to be installed with our complete line of farrowing barn equipment including:

  • TriDek & Woven Metal Flooring
  • Plastic & Cast Iron Flooring
  • Galvanized Metal Creep Panel Dividers
  • Stainless Steel Sow Feeding Bowls & SowMAX Ad-Lib Feeder
  • Watering Nipples, Bowls and Cups

Advantage Farrowing Crate

Hog Slat’s Advantage farrowing crate sets the standard for all other farrowing crates. It is the most versatile of all of our crate designs. Advantage crates are available in tubular or solid rod construction and with choices of finger bar or bow bar on each side panel.

  • Hog Slat’s Advantage farrowing crate is the most versatile design on the market and sets the standard for quality and production efficiency. (Solid rod, painted finish Advantage crate shown with large sow feeder bowl and woven wire flooring)Hog Slat’s Advantage farrowing crate is the most versatile design on the market and sets the standard for quality and production efficiency. (Solid rod, painted finish Advantage crate shown with large sow feeder bowl and woven wire flooring)The Advantage farrowing crate is the single most versatile crate that will meet every producer’s needs
  • Universal mounting foot allows Advantage crates to be installed on almost any existing flooring
  • Hog Slat head gates, rear doors, feeders and creep dividers are available for all new equipment installations
  • Three side bar options are available (with/without anti-crush bar) to build a crate that meets your specific needs, including; finger bars, bow bars and solid bars (with/without anti-crush bar)
    • Adjustable finger-style side bars enhance piglets’ access to the teats and allow modifications for different sized sows and gilts
    • Anti-crush bars flip out of the way when sows stand, but prevent them from "flopping" on their sides when laying down, reducing piglet losses from crushing
  • Advantage crates are easy to assemble, requiring as few as 12 bolts total depending on side bar options
  • Optional heat lamp hanger arm and 10” chart plate can be attached to the crate
  • Solid rod and tubular metal models available in 7’0” and 7’6” lengths
  • Available in either our classic blue powder-coated epoxy paint or hot-dipped galvanized finishes

Ultimate Farrowing Crate

Hog Slat’s Ultimate farrowing crate is designed for maximized adjustability to meet the needs of pork producers remodeling existing farrowing barns or building new construction units. The 7/8” solid rod design is built to provide years of reliable performance with large sows in modern production environments.

  • Hog Slat Ultimate farrowing crates are designed to maximize adjustability and feeder options while creating an ideal environment to get pigs off to a quick, healthy start in the farrowing barn.Hog Slat Ultimate farrowing crates are designed to maximize adjustability and feeder options while creating an ideal environment to get pigs off to a quick, healthy start in the farrowing barn.The rear door on Ultimate farrowing crates is built with a solid rod frame and features a high-density polyurethane (HDPE) solid plastic door panel and double vertical rump rails to prevent piglets from getting caught behind the sow
  • Loop style finger bars are a welfare-friendly design, precisely placed to provide excellent teat access and protection for nursing pigs
  • Standard anti-crush bars flip up and down to slow a sow’s movement when transitioning from standing to laying, increasing litter survivability by allowing piglets extra time to move away
  • Ultimate farrowing crates can be outfitted with a front head gate door that is designed to fit either our large or small style sow feeding bowls
  • An optional large wet/dry sow feeder bowl can be installed that features a pivoting, tip-out design for easy cleaning and 16” width for maximum head space and sow comfort
  • Available in 7’0”, 7’6” and 8’0” lengths
  • Available in either our classic blue powder-coated epoxy paint or hot-dipped galvanized finishes

Adjustable Farrowing Crate

Hog Slat’s Adjustable farrowing crate features a unique design that allows the two side panels to be adjusted inward or outward to provide appropriate space for each individual sow based on their size.

  • The width of the Adjustable crate can be easily adjusted from 19.5” to 25.5”
  • Crate sides are 40” in height, suitable for the largest sows
  • Both the front and rear door frames and left and right crate sides are identical, allowing either to be easily replaced as needed without keeping excess crate parts on the farm
  • Rear door rump rail protects piglets from getting caught between a sow and the rear door
  • Our double nipple crate water pipe easily attaches to the crate side, providing a heavy-duty water nipple up high for the sow and an appropriately sized nipple for young pigs near the floor
  • Hog Slat stainless steel small sow bowl feeder eliminates corners to prevent feed build up and also pivots out toward the isle for easy cleaning
  • Available in 7’0” and 7’6” lengths
  • Available in either our classic blue powder-coated epoxy paint or hot-dipped galvanized finishes

Sampson Farrowing Crate

Hog Slat’s Sampson farrowing crate has 25+ years of proven excellence in the field. The Sampson crate is designed with pig saving features that will help increase piglet litter survival rates while also providing exception sow comfort.

  • Hog Slat’s Sampson farrowing crate’s design has been delivering field-proven, pig saving results pork producers can rely on for over 25 years. Available in painted or galvanized finishes.Hog Slat’s Sampson farrowing crate’s design has been delivering field-proven, pig saving results pork producers can rely on for over 25 years. Available in painted or galvanized finishes. Sampson farrowing crates feature a unique flip bar that allows both sides of the crate to adjust up and down, slowly and gently lowering the sow to the floor when she transitions from standing to laying
  • The adjustable crate sides allow sows to nurse in comfort while laying down, and adjust in closer to her body while standing to create a large, safe area for pigs in the creep area
  • Sampson crates are equipped with a double nipple water pipe with a sow drinking nipple on top and a smaller piglet drinking nipple on the bottom close to the floor
  • The rump rail stays in place when the rear door is opened, keeping the sow in place while also making clean out or birthing assistance tasks easier to complete
  • Rear rump rail is also adjustable, allowing it to be moved into the correct position depending on whether a sow or gilt is loaded into the farrowing crate
  • Hog Slat large or small sow feeder bowls can be mounted to the head gate; both featuring a pivoting tip-out design to make feeder cleaning a simple task
  • Available in 7’0” and 7’6” lengths
  • Available in either our classic blue powder-coated epoxy paint or hot-dipped galvanized finishes

International Farrowing Crate

Hog Slat offers an international farrowing crate design that is available to meet the needs and requirements for pork producers in the European Union (EU) and other markets outside the USA.

  • Crate sizing designed to meet all applicable animal welfare standards
  • Constructed with the same great pig saving features Hog Slat farrowing crates are known for in the USA
  • Outfitted with a specialized international style sow feeding bowl that can be used with our SowMAX ad-lib feeder
  • Multiple watering options are available for both sows and piglets
  • Stationary front gate anchor side panels, which are moveable for loading/unloading sows from the crate
  • Hot-dipped galvanized finish with tubular design construction

Galvanized Metal Creep Panels

  • Hog Slat manufactures rugged, galvanized steel creep divider panels constructed of 16 gauge steel
  • Standard height creep panels are 21-7/8” tall
  • Available in custom lengths to match existing or new farrowing crates and flooring configurations
  • Metal creep dividers are easily pressure washed and disinfected between pig groups
  • Metal panels resist cracking and prevent harboring bacteria and pathogens unlike PVC dividers

Contact us today for more details about our creep dividers and to receive a customized quote for your next project!

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og Slat Advantage farrowing crates are the most versatile pig farrowing solution on the market; available with multiple feeder, watering and side bar options to meet the installation needs of most any producer. (Shown: Advantage farrowing crate with tubular construction, hot-dipped galvanized finish, stainless steel small sow bowl feeder and woven wire/cast iron flooring combination.)

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Hog Slat Ultimate farrowing crate installed in a new construction farrowing barn. The hot-dipped galvanized finish provides superior corrosion resistance, and the TriDek/Cast Iron flooring combination creates a cool floor environment for the sow and improved traction for young pigs moving around the creep area. (Also shown: Hog Slat galvanized creep panels, SowMAX ad-lib sow feeder and Hog Slat Platinum Series 300 stainless steel small sow bowl feeder) og Slat Adjustable farrowing crates allow producers to quickly change the overall width of the stall from 19.5” to 25.5”, providing the ability to ensure proper comfort for pigs ranging in size from gilts to large sows. Hog Slat manufactures and sells complete equipment packages to meet the needs of pork producers involved in all stages of hog production. Swine breeding farm managers across the world rely on our feed delivery systems, sow feeders, stainless steel sow bowl feeders, quality farrowing crate designs, farrowing floor options and other proven hog production equipment to consistently meet the needs of their operations. (Shown: Grow-Disk™ chain feeding system, GrowerSELECT Center Drop sow feeder, SowMAX ad-lib sow feeder, Hog Slat stainless steel sow bowl feeder, Hog Slat galvanized farrowing crates, TriDek galvanized farrowing floors, Hog Slat galvanized creep panels and Hog Slat poly heat lamps) Hog Slat galvanized steel creep panels are manufactured of 16 gauge steel and available in many different length options. 21-7/8” standard height provides protection for pigs while still allowing easy access as needed for farrowing barn staff. Hog Slat International farrowing crates are designed to comply with applicable animal welfare standards and built to meet the production needs of pork producers outside the United States.

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