Heat stress adaptations in pigs
• Heat stress is a global issue constraining animal agriculture productivity, negatively affects welfare, and reduces production efficiency in many countries.
• The effects of heat stress on pig production will intensify, if climate change continues as predicted.
• To date, modifying the environment is the most effective way to mitigate the effects of heat stress.
• Identifying additional strategies (nutritional and genetics) to maximize pork production during the warm summer months is necessary to satiate a growing demand for high quality meat for human consumption.
This article is published as Mayorga, Edith J., David Renaudeau, Brett C. Ramirez, Jason W. Ross, and Lance H. Baumgard. "Heat stress adaptations in pigs." Animal Frontiers 9, no. 1 (2018): 54-61. DOI: 10.1093/af/vfy035. Posted with permission.