Heat slows down production of cattle, poultry and pigs
(tue, 25 jun 2013)
The effects of heat stress are divers and are often underestimated. Heat stress affects the physiological processes of the whole animal.
The following elements are identified: increased respiratory rate/panting, decreased feed intake, rumen acidosis (also increased risk of subclinical rumen acidosis), decline of production in the form of growth, eggs, milk production (also sows) and a negative effect on fertility, e.g. in sows: a prolonged interval from weaning to oestrus, late ovulation, less clear signs of oestrus, more rebreeders, abortions, smaller litters, lower birth weights, autumn rejects and even an increased sow mortality rate during farrowing.
To prevent rumen acidosis in cattle, Nuscience has developed....