Farm energy and control services provider, Farmex, is advising pig producers to review the temperature settings in their piggeries, as the weather hots up.
“It might be worth raising the set temperature by 2-4⁰C so that the day/night variation is reduced,” said Farmex director Hugh Crabtree.
“It could seem odd to actually lift the temperature when it is hot but, typically, finishing houses
are run at 18⁰C. When the outside temperature is well above this, the inside of buildings will
be consistently higher.
“By raising the set temperature to, say, 22⁰C the pigs will experience a reduced day/night
swing, and so will be more comfortable and less stressed.”