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A Cost Effective Heating Method for Piglets in Swine Farrowing Barns

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

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Authors:   Eshetu Beshada, Quing Zhang, Ray Boris
Keywords:   farrowing barn, temperature, local heating, energy consumption

An experimental study was conducted to compare two heating methods for piglets, namely heat mats and heat lamps, in a commercial swine farrowing facility. Two farrowing rooms each with 44 crates were instrumented to measure room environmental conditions (temperature and humidity), energy consumption, and piglet performance (mortality and weight gain). The study showed that there were no significant differences in piglet performance between heat mat and heat lamp heating methods. Using heat mats resulted in a monthly saving of up to 3.7 MWh of energy per room, or a daily saving of 2.8 kWh per crate.

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