Tuesday, 30 July 2013
It is important for pig producers to do all they can to keep sows cool in warm weather. Two or more consecutive days of temperatures greater than 18°C, around weaning and during late or very early lactation, can result in a reduced farrowing rate.
Shades, wallows, sprinklers can all help. Wallows are a key method to help outdoor pigs cool down in hot weather and help prevent heat stress.
Good management of wallows is vital and includes: making the wallow big enough for twice the number of pigs it will serve, replenishing wallows with water in dry periods and ensuring it is more liquid than mud – aim for ‘emulsion paint’ consistency.
For more information go to: www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/breeding/Summer.aspx