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Master Trading - Tube-O-Mat Classic

 The Tube-O-Mat Classic wet/dry feeder from Master Trading is designed for wean-to-finish or finishing pigs. Designed in Denmark, the hopper of the feeder is made of high-density polyethylene with ultraviolet protection. The base is made up of two stainless steel compartments, one for water and one for dry feed.

Lora Berg 1

July 15, 2012

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Master Trading - Tube-O-Mat Classic
<p> Ted Funk checks how the feed agitation device moves on the Tube-O-Mat Classic feeder.</p>

 

The Tube-O-Mat Classic wet/dry feeder from Master Trading is designed for wean-to-finish or finishing pigs. Designed in Denmark, the hopper of the feeder is made of high-density polyethylene with ultraviolet protection. The base is made up of two stainless steel compartments, one for water and one for dry feed.

“The trough is one solid piece with no welding seams, making it very strong,” said Daniel Mogelbjerg, Master Trading export manager.

Hans Rasmussen, the inventor of the feeder, explained that an elevated platform under the feed-dispensing tube helps insure that the feed outlet is kept dry. A built-in water bowl and nipple waterers are located at each end of the trough.

A stainless steel cylinder with four wings and a rotor is positioned at the bottom of the hopper so pigs can use it as an agitation device to dispense feed. The panel liked the idea of the pigs being able to play with the agitation device because it may help increase feed intake and reduce feed bridging. The feed hopper has a handle that allows producers to dispense additional feed if necessary.

The Tube-O-Mat Classic costs around $215 for a single feeder that would accommodate 50 pigs and hold 140 lb. of feed. A double feeder accommodates 70 pigs, and would hold about 260 lb. of feed and cost $300.

“The reason we say ‘double,’ but only say 70 pigs, is to make sure there is adequate space for the pigs to eat,” Mogelbjerg said.

The engineer on the panel, Ted Funk, thought the design of the feed pan showed good thought, but the panel had some questions about how to attach the feeder in pens and how sturdy the feeder would be as part of a pen divider.

Leon Sheets wondered if the water line going into the pan may be a bit small. Mogelbjerg commented, “I can assure you that this is not an issue, as the 8mm tube has a 6mm hole and it needs to supply water to the nipple. So the water line is more than enough. We have never experienced any problems with the water supply.”

“I liked having the raised platform under the tube so it would not plug up,” Paul Yeske, DVM, noted.

Learn more about the Tube-O-Mat Classic at www.mastertrading.dk.

About the Author(s)

Lora Berg 1

Editor, National Hog Farmer

Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.

Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and nationalhogfarmer.com website.

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