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The cheapest solution, that gives the best results for piglets and weaners, is to shut off the floor heating and use intelligent heat lamps. The explanation is simple: When the pigs is not under the cover, the lamp will keep the floor warm - when the pigs are under the cover they keep the floor warm themselves.
Placing a cover in a weaning pen stops the warm from air raising, and makes the area that needs heating smaller. It reduces draughts and gives a lower heat consumption. Making it intelligent prevents drawbacks as dunging and saves even more heat. Making the cover intelligent reduces the heat consumption to one tenth of the consumption with a regular cover. And to one fortieth if you have no cover.
The conditions of farm animals during transport from farm to farm or to abattoir are gaining more attention. The animals have only a small space and must be supplied with fresh air. Measuring the surface temperature of the animals tells us how they feel. Using this information, you can restrict the supply of fresh air if necessary so that they stay warm. Lack of oxygen is a real risk with so many animals in a confined space. They must have at least a...