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Q: Do your Farrowing Arks have rails inside?

No, we do not put Farrowing Rails in any of our Farrowing Arks.  Historically, many trials have been completed on Farrowing Rails and no advantage can be proven. 

The idea of a Farrowing Rail is to give a safe area for the piglets preventing crushing.  The curve or angle of the roof of the Ark will naturally generate "safe areas" because the sow can only walk in a percentage of the floor area, making rails redundent.

It is a popular misconception that Farrowing Rails will reduce mortality because this works in indoor systems however indoor intensive systems use heat lamps so the piglets can be encouraged to a specific safe area.  In an Ark the litter will not lay in a specific area, particularly not wedged under a Farrowing Rail.