The sun has been out for what feels like weeks on end. The long, wet winter which felt like it would never end is now a distant memory as fields have turned to concrete and pigs are getting hot.
Pigs lose heat by:
If pigs experience heat stress productivity suffers in all ages. Fertility deteriorates with reduced conception rates and therefore increased returns. Boars may have a drop in sperm production which can manifest 8 weeks or more after the period of hot weather. In the feeding herd heat stress can present as an increase in vice issues and deterioration in growth rate.
Our latest newsletter "Talkshop" addresses what you can do to reduce the risk of heat stress in your pigs.