All You Need to Know about R-Value in 5 mins

Jonathann Warren

R-Value is a measurement of resistance to heat flow throughout a given thickness of material; the higher the R-Value, the greater the resistance.

It is the overall of an insulation material to resist (retard) heat flow, taking into account both the thermal conductivity (K value) and the thickness of an insulation material. It is used to calculate overall heat transmission coefficients and is expressed as m² ºK/W.

What does R-Value mean to your farm business?
Livestock need an optimal living environment to grow. Structure with Higher R-Value insulation will maintain farm house temperature at a comfortable zoon much better, and maximize energy savings, which brings a better productivity. That’s why GSI building crafted its structure with top heat resistance profile, for example the ceiling and sidewalls with a standard R-Value as high as 12 (higher R value is optional upon customer request).

Thanks to GSI’s superb heat resistance performance, livestock procure optimal living conditions, water and electricity cost will be minimized, and farm owner will enjoy a higher ROI in the long run. Investing in GSI structure is a wise choice.

Two new modular devices pushed the EDGE controller to greater heights

Jonathann Warren

EDGE, the NEXT generation of controllers from AGCO, has  simplified farm house supervision and maintenance for everyone, and brought modern farm management upto a new level. It has made modern farming possible with its simplicity and complex control abilities.

The EDGE is always one step ahead from other farming controllers, where it has made measuring inputs such as ventilation, feed and  watering systems much easier for us.

On top of that, EDGE is even better with new parable devices: EDGE Bird scale and Bin Scale. There is no limit to what EDGE can do for your operation.

“Ventilation Essentials for Swine Close House System” Sharing

Jonathann Warren

GSI Malaysia shared “Ventilation Essentials for Swine Close House System” to local producers

We had a great interactive seminar organized by Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) of Malaysia held in both Melaka and in Ipoh on the 8th and 9th of March 2017. We were invited to share experiences on “Essential close house ventilation”.

We managed to share about important criteria of close house ventilation system, benefits of our drop ceiling, and also ways to reduce utility
consumption. We also had the opportunity to have 1 to 1 consultations with farmers and farm owners.

The end result for this seminar was very positive. We received a lot of good responses and feedbacks. This seminar also helped build some momentum for the VIV Event. The event was a great success and we look forward to meet our customers in the next location.

 

Modern Swine Farm Education for Malaysian Veterinary Officials

Jonathann Warren

AGCO GSI MALAYSIA Played an Important Role in Modern Swine Farm Education for MY Veterinary Officials

As the world’s leading expert in modern agricultural solution, our team was invited to present on Closed House System technological application in modern swine farming at Institut Pengurusan Veterinar, in Kajang on 29th of March 2017. The talk was attended by DVS officials, Swine Division Malaysia nationwide, and we were proud to play a role in Malaysian modernizing swine farming.

We shared key points to achieve good ventilation that allows better performance that helps reduce mortality rate of livestock. We also shared on factors that affect the utility consumption rates and how proper house designs with air tight features are able to reduce such consumption.

We concluded the seminar by highlighting the importance of ventilation that helps increase production. The right ventilation methods need to be
considered for different stages of pig production. For example, End-to-end ventilation is much more suitable for gestation and farrowing houses.

GSI Cumberland shone brightly at International Poultry Show (Dhaka)

Jonathann Warren

We participated in the International Poultry Show & Seminar (IPSS) from 2nd March to 4th March 2017 at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference covers major agricultural segments including livestock equipment. As world leading livestock equipment expert, we presented our poultry equipment.

Our visitors were exposed to our products and services and they were very interested in what we conveyed. We also seized this opportunity to demonstrate how some of our products works and the benefits of it and the response we received were very positive and overwhelming. The way our team conveyed to the crowd brought huge amount of attention and equities.

Our Cumberland Modular Cage System was very popular and received many thumbs-up throughout the show. Its washable and total sanitation control options caught many of our visitor’s attention. As for our Hi-Lo Plus, it received a high commendation for its flood ability, high-low adjustable features and exterial adjust ring design. The viewers believe this concept was very beneficial to their livestock.

AGCO GSI Dominated VIV Asia 2017

Jonathann Warren

VIV Asia is one of the biggest agriculture exhibitions in Asia region, gathering over 900 brands from all over the world. AGCO GSI is proud to participate in this event, showcasing our innovative driven technology. In addition, this is our first time since acquisition of C-lines, TECNO and Farmer Automatic by AGCO, and presented in VIV 2017 as one big family. We occupied 240 sqm in total over three booths, projecting a domineering presence at the show.

AGCO GSI utilized 120 sqm booth to demonstrate both poultry and swine products in three distinctive sections. At the poultry side, we featured Cumberland’s feeding and watering line, controllers, alarms and flooring; at the swine side we focus on drop feeders, stainless steel feeder, flooring and planking. Lastly we have cages from Farmer Automatic and  genset from AGCO Power.

GSI booth received continuous visitors throughout the show. The visitors showed very positive reactions towards our products.

The Hi-Lo Plus feeding pan drew a lot of attention because of its intelligent functionality offered throughout entire poultry production cycle with its convenient feeding level adjustment. The EDGE controller is crowded with visitors for its forward-thinking design, practical and powerful ability, and thoughtful user-friendly. Stainless steel feeder also received thumbs-up from visitors for its simplicity, durable material and sturdy craftsmanship.

VIV Asia 2017 was definitely a success. We appreciate all our visitors’, staffs, and contractors that made this event  memorable and great.

GSI Introducing All New Smoothwall Bins

Jonathann Warren

Grain Systems Incorporated (GSI), has been manufacturing and producing top notch quality grain bins since 1972. Today GSI is the world’s largest manufacturer of steel farm bins, and commercial storage grain bins.

Although it is the world’s top, GSI never fail to innovate. Now introducing GSI’s new, Smoothwall Bins that promotes safe and easy unloading. The Smoothwall Bins will provide customers with better cleanliness and free of trapped materials in the bin.

Smoothwall bin Specifications:
• Up to 16ft in diameter
• Up to 40ft sidewall heights
• Galvanized; galvanized plus paint or stainless finishes

 

AP’s all new HI2LO Feeder

Jonathann Warren

AP (Automated Production Systems) has been producing hard-working, reliable equipment that has helped many farmers and hog operations to produce millions of kilos of pork for over 20 years.

Now introducing AP’s exclusive, HI2LO, the only feeder on the market that has individual feeding compartments. This allows each pig to access to the feed shelf and watering nipple through the trough dividers that completely seal off the feed space.

Not only does this prevent a single pig from flooding the entire trough, this unique design allows each pig to create their optimal feed-to-water mixture in their individualized trough space.

TECNO Europe Layer Farms Project Visit

Jonathann Warren

On the 23rd of May 2017, AGCO GSI designated a representative, Mr. Ong Cheng Beng, to 3 TECNO Layer farms in Shrewsbury (UK), Lombardy (Italy) and Laer (Germany). The trip was joined up with some of CP China’s representatives and they spent a period of 23 days in these countries.

The objective of this trip was to observe, study, and contemplate the ways these farms are managed. During this trip, a few factors were focused on, such as the layers systems, ventilation systems, and the overall farm set ups. Griffiths Oaklands, UK, has been applying Tecno’s cages for over 20 years and CP China was very interested to analyze the current condition and longevity of the cages.

It was found that the eggs production of free range birds contains more nutrition compared to caged birds, but in terms of production quantity, caged birds are still in the lead, which is of the reasons why free range eggs have a higher price compared to caged eggs. As the majority of today’s consumers are more concern about health benefits, the free range bird concept will surely be
practiced in local mass production farms in the near future.

The observation highlight was on the minimal ventilation system that was applied in these farms. It is important that the livestock gets the right amount of natural air regardless the cold weather outside the farm house. This minimal ventilation system will be taken into consideration and is applicable in other cold countries. Besides that, it can also be beneficial and effective in hot climate
region during brooding and raising baby chicks, by utilizing outside temperature.

This trip has benefited us with some good information. With the study and data collected, we can begin preparation and innovation for the next decade.

 

Pilgrims Mexico Project Update

Jonathann Warren

On the 26th of May, AGCO GSI delegated a representative, Khor Chew Boon, (Project Detailing Manager) to one of our projects with Pilgrims Mexico, located in Campeche, Mexico. The team spent approximately a month in Mexico collaborating and supporting some of the undergoing projects by GSI Mexico.

The purpose of this trip was to assist GSI Mexico in building a structure unit, and this is where one of our experienced and industry expert came into play. This farm house are for the Grand Parent Stock (GPS) and the structures used were from GSI Malaysia and ventilation systems by GSI USA.

The overall completion and progress of this project was approximately 50%. The installation of the ceiling was 50% completed, doghouse, rear end wall, light trap wall, control room, roof, sidewall and framing were fully completed, which was a good accomplishment in the time period.

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