Gasolec B.V. has been a renowned supplier of heating and lighting systems for in the pig market for decades. Below we try to explain to you the necessity of good heating and lighting systems, for more information please take a look around on our website.
Proper heating is considered a must within pig houses. The first aim is that the room temperature is correct. No less important are a good floor temperature in the right area and a dry floor. Germs thrive better in a humid environment and at a time when everybody is striving for a minimal use of antibiotics, a dry floor is an important aid in this endeavor.
With small piglets, the first priority is that once the piglets have a full belly that they move away from the mother to avoid the risks of being crushed by the sow. In practice, “piglets’ nests” are created to prevent this problem from happening: an extra warm place where the newborn piglets with their thin skin and no ‘bacon’ layer can lie down, safely under a Gasolec gas heater.
When the piglets go from the maternity ward to the piglet rearing ward, it is important that these animals arrive in a warm & dry (= a germ-poor) environment for the best transition to a life without their mother. Gasolec gas heaters with their infrared radiant heat are well suited for this application. It is usually sufficient if a part of the new living space is dry & warm, so that is it not necessary to heat the entire house, which can lead to significant cost savings.
In pig farming, stress & hygiene are important factors to take into account and every time the animals move from one department to another it means stress for the animals and extra work for the farmer. One of the reasons for moving the animals is because they ‘grow out of their cages’. In a piglet rearing department, for example, we talk about a 0,3m² floorspace per animal and here we aim for a room temperature of approx. 28°C when the piglets arrive from the farrowing section weighing 6-7kg at arrival.
Approx. 5 weeks later the animals have grown to 25-30kg and they need more space, and the temperature can drop to 21-22°C. At that age, the animals usually go on to the pig fattening section where they often get 0.8-1.0m² floorspace per animal, sometimes even more.
In a Wean-to-Finish system the piglets still arrive weighing about 6-7kg and they stay there until they leave for a slaughterhouse. This means one time less moving of the animals and one time less cleaning for farmer, but it also means that in the Wean-to-Finish pig pen must be ok for the pigs from 6 to about 110-115kg live weight. The Gasolec M8 as well as the G12 Asco are popular there for creating a comfort zone that is both warm & dry to give the small piglets a good start. At the same time, since there is a good comfort zone, it isn’t necessary to warm the whole place to 27-28ºC.
Proper lighting in pig houses is crucial for the performance and welfare of the pigs. Having the right light makes the animals feel better and they will eventually perform better. Because the eyesight of pigs is different from that of humans, pigs also need a different intensity of light. Gasolec B.V. has the right knowledge and experience to advise you on which lighting system is needed in which phase of your production cycle.
There are different lighting needs at each stage of the production cycle. For example, in the farrowing section it is important that the lighting stimulates the biological clock and to create a stress-free environment. In the mating phase it is important that the fertility of the sow is stimulated. In addition, good light is important for a good feed intake in fattening pigs. In general, when the correct light intensity and light spectrum is set, the pigs feel more at ease. When the pigs feel more at ease, this ensures a better welfare and a better performance.
Gasolec B.V. offers various LED lighting systems for your pig houses. Research has shown that the use of good lighting means that the pigs eat better and therefore experience a larger and faster growth. In addition, the use of LED lighting in pig houses ensures a lower energy consumption and a longer lifetime for the lamps, which ultimately results in lower costs.
Gasolec B.V. offers LED lighting in a variety of colors and strengths (wattage). For use in pig houses, the Prolucent LED bulbs 12W regular and 12W DimTo are the first to be considered. These and other LED lighting from Gasolec B.V. are of high quality for a relatively low price. In an IP65 waterproof version, these lamps are easy to clean with water and disinfectants. This is important to minimize disease risks in a pigsty. If you are set on a minimum waterproof certification of IP67 or higher, we offer LED tubes. These T-series are available – again – in different colors and light output strengths. All the T-series tubes are IP69K certified. This is the highest possible rating that you can get.
At Gasolec we sell – as mentioned above – lighting with different colors and color temperatures. A very popular color is 2700 Kelvin, which is extra warm white light. This is a slightly reddish white color, to create a warm yet bright environment in your pig houses.
Our Prolucent 12 Watt DimTo LED Bulb goes one step further. It changes color temperature when the lamp is dimmed up or down. The LED bulb starts at 2000K and as the brightness is increased, the color temperature rises to 4000K. This makes it possible to give animals a real sense of sunrise and sunset on a daily basis.
We would like to get in touch with you to discuss your current situation and needs. This way we can determine which lighting facilities are important for your pigsties. Gasolec B.V. delivers its products quickly and all over the world. Flexibility, knowledge, service and quality at a competitive price are factors we focus on at a daily basis.
More information about different lighting or infrared heating for pig houses can be found on our website.
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