Leading the pig equipment industry for over 40 years
Our founder, John Booth, invented the metal pig ark in the 1970s. Today, we’re Europe’s leading manufacturer of outdoor pig equipment, shipping to farmers in 21 countries.
We design and manufacture all our products at our facility in Ford, England. They’re built to the highest standards, using materials selected for performance and longevity, and have proven their worth on the largest outdoor units in the UK and overseas. Huts originally sold to Denmark in the mid-1990s are still in use in California today. Crucially, every product is developed in consultation with farmers, to ensure they offer the best performance, ease of management, life expectancy and value for money.
Our products are unique because we invest in design and manufacturing technology seen nowhere else in this industry. For example, our Huts are spot-welded with equipment usually found in car-making. It’s this ability to adapt our methods and products to reflect changes in the industry itself that makes us different – and keeps us out in front.
A brief history
Our company started out in 1973 as metal fabricator John Booth and his wife Marion, a bookkeeper, working out of a rented farm building. Young and ambitious, they worked for local farms and construction companies, and soon forged a reputation for high-quality fabrication. The company grew steadily, relocating to larger premises and taking on additional fabricators.
One day, a customer asked: “Can you give me a metal alternative to the timber pig huts I’m constantly fixing?” This simple request led us into the outdoor pig industry, which was still very much in its infancy: amazingly, it was still considered impossible to produce pigs outside commercially anywhere north of London!
The first Pig Equipment products were a farrowing ark and a dry sow ark. Over the years, John’s inventiveness, and dialogue with the growing number of outdoor pig farmers, saw the range increase and evolve rapidly. The company’s list of ‘firsts’ is impressive: the original metal huts and creep fenders, ventilated huts, water troughs specifically for pigs, ad-lib feeders – none previously existed, and all had to be invented from scratch. Even the concept of supplying huts in kit form was totally new.
That spirit of innovation and discovery lives on in John’s son and daughter, James and Caroline, who now run the business at its factory and head office in Ford, near Arundel in West Sussex.