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ACMC Tip: Lighten Up for Breeding Sows

by 5m Editor
23 September 2011, at 10:23am

UK - The significance of light for maintaining pregnancy is well recognised, says Paul Thompson, veterinary consultant to pig-breeding company ACMC Ltd.

He points out that it is also important to ensure the weaned sow and service area is well lit, i.e. to an intensity of at least 200 lux and on a 16-hour light, 8-hour dark pattern.

Furthermore, good lighting in these areas highlights hygiene issues and aids heat detection.

It must be remembered that insufficient light can contribute to delayed returns to service.