While raising pigs inside provides more shade and air movement, and easier access to water, producers still need to pay proper attention to animal care and comfort during days of high heat and humidity.
Joe Zulovich and Marcia Shannon from University of Missouri offer these reminders for confinement operations:
- make sure fans are clean
- when inside temp reach 85-90 degrees, wet pigs with hoses or sprinklers and let dry between wettings.
- when relative humidity is above 70 percent and temps above 75-80, wet pigs.
- move overheated pigs away from other and use fans to increase cooling air movement
- keep an eye on feed intake (it will be lower) and consider changing rations to minimize heat generation through digestion
- expect lower conception rates