This weekend, the USDA Heat Stress Forecast expects emergency levels across the nation's Heartland. The worst of it looks to occur on Sunday, with highs expected to be 5 to 15 degrees above average on the northern Plains.
Pigs try to reduce heat stress in two ways: increased heat dissipation and reduced production of body heat, University of Minnesota Extension research said.
"It is important to pay attention to the weather forecast," Dr. Luiz Souza with the University of Minnesota Extension advised. "Observations of the behavior of your pigs may be the most telling in the heat stress management needed. Planning strategies to protect the herd against higher temperatures and recognizing the clinical signs of heat stress is needed in order to take the best action to prevent a heat stress situation."
PORK Network isn't stopping there. Here is a collection of advice and tips to help protect your pigs from heat stress: