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Transporting your pigs in extreme weather conditions

Extreme weather conditions are likely to continue across the country, meaning that producers should take extra care in the management of their pigs, particularly during transport.

Ambient air temperatures above 33 degrees Celsius are an extreme threat to the welfare of pigs. As such, it is recommended that pigs are not transported at all if temperatures exceed this.

If pigs are to be transported during these times, considerations need to be made as to how to avoid heat stress, including providing additional water spraying and reducing stocking densities, which should be at least 5% less than average temperature stocking.

The APL publication “Is it fit for the intended journey?” has further information for hot weather events both during transport and in loading or lairage, including the airflow of the transport unit, the speed of travel and the number, location and conditions of planned stops.

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