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The effect of water sprinkling market pigs transported during summer on pig behaviour, gastrointestinal tract temperature and trailer micro-climate.

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dc.contributor.advisor Widowski, Tina
dc.contributor.author Fox, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-10T15:45:16Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-10T15:45:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-01
dc.date.created 2012-12-18
dc.date.issued 2013-01-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5279
dc.description.abstract There has been little research into the use of water cooling methods for pigs during transport to slaughter under conditions of high ambient temperature. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of water sprinkling pigs before departure from the farm and before unloading at the plant on behaviour during transport, unloading and lairage using live and remote observations, and on pig gastrointestinal tract temperature (GTT) and trailer micro-climate measured by data loggers. Above 23oC, the use of water sprinkling tended to decrease GTT upon arrival and significantly decreased drinking bouts during lairage. There were no detrimental effects of the water sprinkling on unloading behaviours (e.g. slips and falls) or on trailer micro-climate conditions in terms of temperature, humidity or ammonia. Water sprinkling to wet the skin of pigs can therefore be used to cool pigs during transport and lairage under high ambient temperatures. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject behaviour en_US
dc.subject gastrointestinal tract temperature en_US
dc.subject heat stress en_US
dc.subject pigs en_US
dc.subject transport en_US
dc.title The effect of water sprinkling market pigs transported during summer on pig behaviour, gastrointestinal tract temperature and trailer micro-climate. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Animal and Poultry Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Animal and Poultry Science en_US
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