Ambassador: Netherlands

Publication date: May 2020 | Theme: Animal welfare

Challenges: Solutions for heat stress

Reduce climate risks in the house to achieve an optimal climate for the pigs.  High pressure fog to lower the temperature in the hot summer months, so that heat stress can be prevented. Relatively low costs. €12 per sow and €2 per porker. In extreme weather from 36 to 40 degrees you have fewer dead animals because you can cool down about 6 degrees lower. 

Things to do better next time: Better calculate the right amount of fog, replace some for a smaller nipple and a little less ventilation.

Almost every barn can be provided with high-pressure cooling.

In trajectories from 28 to 36 degrees you make it cooler and allow animals to keep their feed and stay fitter. As a result, they give about 0.8 more piglets in the next litter. Furthermore, growth is about 50 grams higher and feed conversion 0.1 lower if they have less heat stress.

Last year it was 40 degrees for two days. If this innovation had not been present, approximately 2 to 5% would have died.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Netherlands): Jos Peerlings