Avoid Summer Heat Stress
It’s been a real hot one….focus on sow nutrition to avoid summer heat stress! If a sow gets overheated during these extreme temperatures it can cause a lot of damage. At just 70 degrees feed intake and energy levels can decline. Make sure you know how to protect your herd by following the suggestions listed below.
Signs of Sow Heat Stress
- Sprawling to maximize contact with the cooler floor
- Reduced physical activity
- Seeking water to cool the skin
- More than 40 breaths per minute
These are early warning signs of exhaustion. Monitor your herd closely to recognize these visible stressors and take action immediately to prevent further risks.
Make up for Lost Intake
- Feed a palatable, concentrated source of energy
- Provide access to clean, fresh water
- Include higher levels of fat from sources
- Consider creep feeding
A nutrient-dense, reduced-fiber ration can help speed up digestion, improve digestive efficiency and create less heat during the process. Maintaining optimal body condition score (BCS) through all stages of production can help sows perform to their full potential.
With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to avoid summer heat stress with ease. To read the entire article, click here.
Source: Emily Otto-Tice with Purina Animal Nutrition