The service area is usually equipped with individual crates in which sows are kept and inseminated. By providing correct lighting, sows will be calmer during this important phase. When sows are calm and feel at ease, service will be easier to complete successfully. Using good lighting will stimulate the sows’ oestrus and can help boost performances.
Optimising the service area
It is important that lights are correctly placed in the house, so light reaches every sow properly. Focusing the lights on the sows’ heads stimulates them sexually so that oestrus will occur at the desired moment. This will also improve the performance in the farrowing house. The number of liveborn piglets will increase and farrowing rates will improve. Combined with high light intensities, this ensures a wean-to-serve interval that is as short as possible, whilst sow fertility and performances will improve.