Installation and Positionining.
The piglets within any litter will vary in size and in feed intake; thus any system of heating must take into account the different heat requirements of each individual piglet. There is also a difference in requirements when the piglets are fed or just waiting for the sow to suckle them (sows suckle their piglets approx. once every 50 minutes).
An empty, hungry piglet requires more heat than the same full-bellied piglet. Thus, any system of heating must be capable of coping with all these different requirements without driving the piglet over under the sow. Piglets with a low heat requirement will lie in the gap between the division board and the pad or at the edge of the pad with their heads on it like a pillow. Piglets with a high heat requirement (lighter weight piglets or hungry empty piglets) will lie totally on the pad.
Our extensive research has shown that by positioning the JODEL heat pad correctly it provides a much larger functional area than just its surface area and also allows the piglets a choice of different comfort zones to suit their individual body requirements at different times during the day.