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Diurnally variation of ambient temperature around 24 or 28°C: influence on performance and feeding behavior of growing pigs

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

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Authors:   Nathalie Quiniou , Patrick Massabie and Robert Granier
Keywords:   Swine, Ambient temperature, Feed intake, Growth

The influence of variation of ambient temperature (T) on growth performance was studied in three successive experiments, involving each 192 crossbred gilts and barrows. The T was either kept constant or fluctuated over the day by ± 1.5, ± 3 or ± 4.5°C around 24 or 28°C. Artificial light was provided between 0700 and 1900. Growth performance were lower at 28 than at 24°C whichever the range of variation of T. At the mean T of 24°C, the highest average daily gain (ADG) was obtained when the diurnally variation of T was ± 1.5°C (903 vs. 881 g/d at the other T); at the mean T of 28°C, the lowest ADG was obtained when the variation of T was ± 3°C (753 vs. 789 g/d at the other T). Feed consumption was mainly diurnal: 80% of total feed intake occurred during the day when T was kept constant at 24 or 28°C, this proportion decreased when variation of T was higher than ± 3°C (74% on average at 24 ± 4.5 and 28 ± 4.5°C). Such a result is associated with the decrease of feed intake when T increased above 24 (or 28)°C during the day. Simultaneously, feed intake increased T decreased below 24 (or 28)°C, especially during the night. However this adaptation did not permit to maintain feed intake level when variation of T exceeded ± 1.5°C around 24°C. Similarly, a variation of T above ± 1.5°C around 28°C induced an additional marked reduction in growth performance. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)