Ralco announced April 24 that it has entered into an agreement with Advanced Birthright Nutrition (ABN) for the exclusive worldwide rights to sell and distribute the Birthright Moveable Milk Cup.
The new technology is an in-line milk system that increases the profitability and efficiency of swine producers by allowing them to move supplementation milk cups within a farrowing facility while the system is running.
"This technology let's producers get Birthright milk to the right pigs and reduces over feeding," ABN owner John Vignes, who invented Birthright baby pig milk replacer, said. "They can also remove the cups while the milk system is running and clean the hard-to-reach bottoms, which is important for fighting" porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and porcine epidemic diarrhea.
Swine producers that utilize the technology plumb each crate in a farrowing room, and then insert cups where they are needed. Birthright milk can be targeted to the smaller pigs for more uniform litters and less weaning of underweight pigs. Targeting the pigs that require supplementation the most reduces overfeeding and controls milk costs. Also, the cups can be removed and completely cleaned without shutting down the milk system, which is essential for biosecurity.
The patented technology took two and a half years to develop and was designed by mechanical engineer Justin Vignes.
The Birthright Moveable Milk Cup is patented under U.S. Patent No. 14/494,745 and European Patent No. EP14186175.7.
A leading global provider of livestock nutrition, animal health products and crop enhancement products, Ralco supports large segments of the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and crop industries.