While summer break is over for many, summer temperatures are far from gone. August heat has swine producers across the country working to limit the detrimental effects of heat stress on sows and piglets. Signs of heat stress include panting, increased water consumption, lethargy and intestinal distress.
Swine manure management planning is serious business. Swine farmers have to consider a variety of factors ranging from how much water they use when cleaning their swine houses, to the weather itself. The weather is a particular nuisance since there is little we can do to control the amount of rain an area receives.