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The effects of duration of sprinkling and temperature of the drinking water on the feed intake and growth of pigs at high ambient temperature

  • C. Vajrabukka (a1), C. J. Thwaites (a1) and D. J. Farrellf (a2)

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Morrison et al. (1972), Hsia, Fuller & Koh (1974), and Ho & Khoo (1977) showed that sprinkling can alleviate the adverse effects (Straub et al. 1976) of high ambient temperature on feed intake and growth of pigs. Vajrabukka, Thwaites & Farrell (1986) demonstrated that pigs need to be thoroughly wet by sprinkling at least once every 60 min if high evaporative rates are to be maintained, but little is known of the relative benefits of different sprinkling regimes for pigs growing at high temperatures.

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Ho, Y. K. & Khoo, T. H. (1977). The effects of cooling by foggers on the growth rate and feed conversion of growing pigs. Singapore Veterinary Journal 1, 1112.
Hsia, L. C, Fuller, M. F. & Koh, F. K. (1974). The effect of water sprinkling on the performance of growing and finishing pigs during hot weather. Tropical Animal Health and Production 6, 183187.
Morrison, S. R., Heitman, H., Givens, R. L. & Bond, T. E. (1972). Sprinkler use for swine cooling. Tropical Agriculture, Trinidad 49, 3135.
Straub, G., Weniger, J. H., Tawfik, E. S. & Steinhauf, D. (1976). The effect of high environmental temperature on fattening performance and growth of boars. Livestock Production Science 33, 6574.
Vajrabukka, C., Thwaites, C. J. & Farrell, D. J. (1986). The effect of duration of sprinkling on total moisture losses from pigs. International Journal of Biometeorology 30, 185188.

The effects of duration of sprinkling and temperature of the drinking water on the feed intake and growth of pigs at high ambient temperature

  • C. Vajrabukka (a1), C. J. Thwaites (a1) and D. J. Farrellf (a2)

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