We started distributing a new product recently – the EPI Air system.  Basically, it distributes ions throughout the barn environment, which makes dust, germs and gases stick to each other and fall to the ground or cling to any other surface, taking them out of the air.  The result is cleaner air, which is better for the pigs’ health and mortality and gain and all that.  Plus, it smells way better in the barns.  So great.  That’s a very un-science-y explanation, but it’s the best way I can describe it.  Pretty cool system.

[ Side note:  If you are interested in the science and research, there’s a bunch of research data here. ]

I don’t push our products here on the blog much, because for me, this isn’t as much about sales as it is about sharing the story of feeding pigs to feed the world.  But, one part of that process is sales & marketing.  So we took a crew out to a barn that has the EPI Air system installed to get some photos and video footage for marketing purposes.

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Our photographers are total pros.  I’m totally impressed with their ability to capture tremendous images (not these photos – these are just mine with an iPhone) but also their respect for the industry and interest in learning about how pigs are raised.  Top notch.

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The round pipe with little spikes you see in the photo above is the EPI Air system – that’s what we were getting photos of.  The spikes help distribute the ions into the air.

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And check it out – all that dust on the edge of the feeder above?  Totally not what you’d see in a normal barn. That extra accumulation is from the EPI Air system doing its job – taking all that dust (and gas and germs) out of the air so the pigs don’t breathe it in.  I asked once if it hurt the pigs if they eat it, but the animal scientists told me no, it’s just fine.  And really, when you think about it, they sometimes choose to eat their own poop, so I suppose some dust isn’t going to hurt them.

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This little guy came over to say hi while we were there. HI!

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There’s the pipe again.  We had it in its normal position (about 4′ off the ground) for photos, but normally when people go into the barn, you raise the pipe with the pully/winch system.  Don’t hurt yourself on those spikes!  And, we had the system turned off while we were in the barn.  It doesn’t hurt the pigs at all, but since we wear boots we’re not properly grounded, so we can get a (not even close to lethal, don’t worry) electrical shock.  So, we followed protocol and turned the system off.

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Vivian stood on a bucket to get the perfect shot.  The little pigs thought it was the perfect place to nibble on a boot or two.  Oh, silly pigs.