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Today, the advice in farrowing is how to measure the temperature in the piglets lying area under the heat lamp. Proper temperature in this area is important for the comfort of the piglets at birth and when not nursing.
To take this measurement, you will need an infrared thermometer. The purpose of measuring the temperature in this area is to insure that the piglets have sufficient warmth under the heat lamp at birth and when not nursing.
From 60 cm (2 feet) away from the lying area, point the thermometer at the area under the heat lamp and take the temperature. The desired temperature should be between 30 and 34 °C (86 and 93 °F).
If necessary, adjust the height of the lamp to achieve the desired temperature.
Choice recommends between 30 and 34 °C (86 and 93°F) from farrowing to day 4 and between 28 and 30 °C (82 and 86 °F) after day 4.