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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beat the Heat - Ensure Adequate Cooling for Your Pigs

Summer will be here in full force this week with elevated temperatures and high humidity levels. Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals because they lack the ability to sweat. Therefore, high temperatures can lead to heat stress and reduction in performance. If not done already, pork producers should take time to inspect cooling and ventilation systems for proper function and maintenance and review procedures for relieving heat stress in their pigs. Visit the UMN Swine Extension website for fact sheets titled How to Reduce Heat Stress in Your Pigs and Heat Stress on Swine - Impact on Production.

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