Heat stress reduces barrier function and alters intestinal metabolism in growing pigs.

@article{Pearce2012HeatSR,
  title={Heat stress reduces barrier function and alters intestinal metabolism in growing pigs.},
  author={Sarah C. Pearce and Venkatesh Mani and Rebecca L. Boddicker and Jay S. Johnson and Thomas E. Weber and Jason W Ross and Lance H. Baumgard and Nicholas K. Gabler},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2012},
  volume={90 Suppl 4},
  pages={257-9}
}
High ambient temperature exposure can cause major reductions in intestinal function, pig performance, and, if severe enough, mortality. Therefore, our objective was to examine how acute heat stress (HS) alters growing pig intestinal integrity and metabolism. Individually penned crossbred gilts and barrows (46 ± 6 kg BW) were exposed to either thermal neutral (TN; 21°C; 35 to 50% humidity; n = 8) or HS conditions (35°C; 24 to 43% humidity; n = 8) for 24 h. All pigs had ad libitum access to feed… CONTINUE READING