Three-hourly weather data for 7 locations in the Southeast and Central United States were used to evaluate the feasibility of evaporative cooling for reducing swine stress. Stress was defined as a relationship between dry and wet bulb temperatures which exceeded a stress index of 85. This analysis indicates that properly installed evaporative coolers could reduce the number of hours that stress would occur in swine facilities from 89.6 to 96.4% depending on location.
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The investigation reported in this paper (No. 82-2-84) is in connection with a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and is published with approval of the Director.
Fehr, Robert L.; Priddy, K. T.; McNeill, Samuel G.; and Overhults, Douglas G., "Limiting Swine Stress with Evaporative Cooling in the Southeast" (1983). Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Faculty Publications. 126.