Billed as the world’s top event for animal production, EuroTier was held this past week in Hanover, Germany. Producers from across the world attend EuroTier and for many it was their first exposure to American style production equipment as exhibited by Hog Slat.
We spoke with Hog Slat’s European sales manager, Kirk Brincks and asked about international producers comments concerning the equipment. He replied, “ Their general reaction is Hog Slat builds durable products that represent a good value. They like the common sense design and how it is incorporated into the overall building layout.”
We asked Kirk what particular item was most popular, “ I would have to say the SowMAX dispensers. All producers are facing high feed costs and feed saving equipment is important to them. A customer, with sow farms in the Ukraine and Poland, has installed over 1,000 SowMAX units and is sold on the feed savings.”
He continued, “Another big item of interest is concrete slats. We had many producers who see them for the first time and immediately comment on the quality. I think people tend to view concrete slats as all being kind of the same, but we really do build a slat that will last longer. Experienced producers seemed to recognize it very quickly.”
“And”, he laughed, “they always ask when are we building a slat plant near them”
Kirk finished up with, “The Grower Select line has caught on quickly. We have several production companies that we work with in identifying their high replacement items, providing them easy order forms and stocking those parts for quick delivery. Grower Select just fits with Hog Slat’s basic philosophy of providing producers with a better value for their money……. in this case it’s excellent quality replacement parts that are priced right.”