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Dealing with weather challenges

Adult pigs prefer 60 to 65 degree temperatures. Baby pigs desire an 80 to 85 degree environment. To meet both of their needs, we strive for a 73 degree room temperature in the birthing rooms and then cool the room to 70 degrees as the pigs reach 7 days old. The mothers do very well at these temperatures, but baby pigs chill at 73 degrees. To accommodate the baby pigs’ need for an 80-plus degree environment, they are provided with a black rubber mat and a heat lamp to achieve a comfortable area for them to nap in.

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