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Temperature Requirements

Section: Stockmanship Standards

Temperature Requirements

Temperature Requirements
Type of Pig Weight
Range
(kg)
°C °F
Safe Temp + / - Safe Temp + / -
In Out Max In Out Max
Suckling Piglet 1 - 7 30 30 0 86 86 0
1st Stage Flat Deck 7 - 15 30 24 1 86 75 2
2nd Stage Nursery 15 - 25 24 21 1.5 75 70 3
Growing 25 - 50 21 20 2 70 68 4
Finishing 50 - 110 20 18 2.5 68 64 5
Lactating Sows   18 18 1 64 64 2
Individual Adults   18 18 2.5 64 64 5
Group Housed   16 18 2.5 61 64 5

Piglet Heat Mat - run with a radiant temperature of 38-42?C
If a piped hot water system used only allow a 1.5?C difference along pipe

Lower Critical Temperatures Increase With:
  • Decreased group size
  • Restricting feed
  • Increasing air speed - draughts
  • Decreasing bedding (slats 3?C colder than bedding)
  • Wetting the pig
Upper Critical Temperatures Increase With:
  • Increase air speed
  • Using pig showers or wallows
Despite all the equipment and recommendations, watch the pigs' lying patterns -

Do they look comfortable?

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Buy Pig Stockmanship Standards Extracted from Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards*
written by Dr John Carr.

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