Swine Cooling Pad

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2015-SCHI-66937
Heat stress has a substantial impact on the reproductive performance in pigs, reducing the fertility and well-being of both sow and boar. As a result, there is a reduction of pigs produced and marketed during June and July, the months of greatest consumer demand. Generally, sows are fed energy-dense diets during times of extreme heat to reduce the impact of heat stress. However, the cost of high-energy feed, especially fat, has greatly increased in the past 10 years.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a cooling pad that removes heat from boars and sows, thus improving sow productivity and well-being during times of high environmental temperatures. The pad's design allows it to be easily placed into current farrowing crates, boar pens, or breeding-gestation pens or stalls. This device is primarily used for sows during farrowing and lactation; however, it can be used in boar pens and in sow pens just subsequent to weaning.

Advantages:
-Improves reproductive performance and well-being of adult pigs
-Reduces seasonal fluctuation of pig reproduction
-Maintains the required temperature in the areas for piglets

Potential Applications:
-Pig farming
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