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Chapter 1: Basic Principles of the Thermal Environment and Livestock Energetics

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

Citation:  Published in Livestock Energetics and Thermal Environmental Management Chapter 1, pp. 1-22 ( Copyright 2009 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers)  .(doi:10.13031/2013.28294)
Authors:   James A. DeShazer, G. LeRoy Hahn, Hongwei Xin
Keywords:   Introduction, Characterization of Livestock Responses to Thermal Environments, Thermal Exchange and Animal Responses, Driving Forces for Heat Exchange Gradients, Air Temperature, Contact Temperature, Radiant Temperatures, Vapor Pressure, Modifiers to Driv

[First paragraphs]: Description of the thermal environment and the livestock response can be complex, and has been the subject of extensive research for over fiver decades inspired in part by a joint report sponsored by ASAE (now ASABE) and ASHRAE. This 1959 report presented the "State of the Art" of the thermal environmental requirements of poultry (Stewart and Hinkle, 1959), dairy cattle (Yeck, 1959), beef cattle (Nelson, 1959), swine (Bond, 1959) and sheep (Kelly, 1959). Even though the report was comprehensive, data were noted as being incomplete for understanding the biophysical interactions between the animal and its thermal environment as required for effective management and engineering design. Heat loss for poultry was primarily based on basal (fasted) conditions, for example, and the role of the skin and hair in heat dissipation from cattle was inadequate. Comprehensive studies have been conducted in the intervening 50 years to evaluate the effects of nutrition, acclimation or conditioning, dynamic changes in the environment, physiological state, and social interactions on livestock productivity responses to the thermal environment: temperature, humidity, radiation, and air velocity.

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