During the summer period temperatures increase and it has an influence on the well-being and performance of your pigs.
Most animals are able to remove excess heat from the body through sweating and increased breathing. Pigs are highly sensible to heat stress because they can only sweat to a limited extent.
If the pigs suffer from heat stress, it will often negatively influence productivity and hence the financial bottom line.
Both the feeding and the digestion process generate extra heat in the pigs. Therefore one of the main concerns is the potential reduction in feed intake and subsequently a drop in daily gain, an increased feed conversion and a lower milk yield for lactating sows.
Vilomix recommend the following to minimize the negative impact on the pigs of the high temperature conditions: