Providing an optimal environment in the service area will facilitate a good start to gestation by the sows, resulting in higher numbers of liveborn piglets. Light is one of the most important environmental factors in the service area.
Lighting in the service area plays a major role in stimulating sow fertility. Light stimulation of the sows can also help reduce the wean-to-serve interval. When the sows are optimally stimulated, their production results will increase, enabling optimised performances during farrowing.
In the service area, sows are usually kept in individual crates. Because they’re unable to move through the house, lighting is very important. The focus of lighting during this part of the production phase is on sexual stimulation and being able to optimally serve the sows.