Location: Livestock Behavior Research
Project Number: 5020-32000-014-002-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jan 1, 2023
End Date: Jan 1, 2025
The overall project objective is to mitigate the negative effects of heat stress on swine health, performance, and welfare through the use of nutritional supplements with antianxiety properties.
To accomplish the project objectives, this project seeks to reduce the heat-stressed gestating sow stress response through the provision of nutritional supplements that act on the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and decrease anxiety. In turn it is expected that by reducing the gestating sow stress response during heat stress exposure, we will improve thermoregulatory, behavioral, and physiological stress indicators in heat stressed gestating sows and in turn, prevent the negative postnatal responses to stress that we and others have commonly observed in newly weaned in utero heat-stressed pigs. If successful, results from this project will provide swine producers with an effective means of improving health, performance, and welfare of their pigs when raised under heat stress conditions.