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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 76–86 | Cite as

Studies on heat stress in pigs in a tropical environment

  • A. F. Fraser
Article

Summary

The development of a modern pig industry in Jamaica in recent years provided opportunities for the pursuit of field studies on the responses of pigs to a warm environment. The studies were centred on the clinical and managemental aspects of responses to the stress of direct solar radiation.

They showed that the physical characteristics of the pig make it prone to the stress effects of high ambient temperatures and that heat stroke and other forms of heat stress constitute a significant problem in a modern tropical pig industry.

Keywords

Public Health Ambient Temperature Solar Radiation Heat Stress Field Study 
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Résumé

Le développement de porcheries industrielles modernes en Jamaïque au cours de ces deux dernières années a fourni l’occasion de poursuivre des études pratiques sur le comportement des porcs vis-à-vis d’un climat chaud. Ces études furent orientées sur les résponses cliniques et les problèmes d’organisation provoqués par l’agression de l’insolation directe.

Elles montrèrent que les caractéristiques physiques du porc le rendent prédisposé à l’effet agressif des hautes températures ambiantes et que le coup de chaleur ainsi que les autres formes de l’agression par un climat chaud constituent un problème préoccupant dans les porcheries industrielles modernes.

Resumen

El desarrollo de una industria porcina moderna en Jamaica en los últimos años, ha suministrado oportunidades para el estudio de campo de las respuestas de los cerdos frente a un clima caliente. Los estudios fueron centrados sobre los aspectos clínicos y de manejo y sus respuestas debido al stress de la radiación solar directa.

Estos mostraron que las características físicas de los cerdos, los hacen fácil presa del stress producido por altas temperaturas ambientales y que la insolación y otras formas de stress por el calor constituyen un problema significativo en la industria porcina moderna.

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© E. & S. Livingstone 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Fraser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Surgery, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary StudiesUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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