CON-TENTED Armadillo ark


The Armadillo might look traditional in its styling but its design and constructions is anything but. As sow performance levels increase so too must the performance and quality of the equipment used.  

Con-Tented Arks offer a great number of advantages over existing metal arks.  Extensive field trails have shown the arks to perform very well in the challenging environment presented by pig production.

Development has taken several years, tested alongside traditional arks. Tests have covered environmental variations and pig behavioral habits.

Con-Tented Arks offer an investment for the future.  The durable structure has an extremely long life.  The plastic is UV stable, easily repaired if damaged and the steel sections are all coated with a 20 year galvanised finish.



  • The arks are a number of degrees cooler in summer and warmer in winter

  • The arks are lighter on the inside, allowing easier observations

  • Lower mortality due to 360 degrees of safety for piglets

  • Less condensation reducing straw usage

  • Temperature controlled rear window

Behavioural Observations

  • Sows stay in the Con-Tented Arks on hot days rather than digging holes for shade behind a metal ark, this keeps the sow serving the piglets longer which increases weening weights.


Key Features

  • Durable twin skin plastic construction.

  • Weighs 150kg (fully insulated)

  • Total floor space 4.15m2

  • 50mm air gap for insulation

  • Optional fully insulated with refrigeration grade PU insulation

  • Flips onto back for easy strawing up and cleaning like conventional arcs

  • 25 years galvanized metal finish

  • Flip up plastic fender

  • Increased weening weights as the sow is in the arc for longer periods suckling the piglets

  • Little to no maintenance costs

  • High roof for larger sows

  • 100% recyclable with end of life value

  • Piglet drinker and creep feeder integrated into fender



  • Reduced internal temperature range

  • Reduced straw usage

  • Increased weening weights

  • Offset window reduces through drafts.

  • Greatly improved life expectancy

  • Excellent lying space for both sows and young

  • The lifting frame makes the ark easy to move

  • Smooth moulded plastic prevents injuries.

  • Flips over for easy strawing up and cleaning

  • Less condensation

  • Stable in high winds