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Environmental Temperature preferred by the Young Pig


INVESTIGATION has shown both the marked influence of environmental temperature on the young pig's metabolic rate and the modification of the effect of environment due to grouping new-born pigs together1,2. Other work has emphasized the importance of ambient temperature in relation to animal production in pig husbandry3,4. Complementary to measurements of metabolism and growth is the determination of the environmental temperature which is preferred by the animal, and observations have been made on young pigs for this purpose.

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MOUNT, L. Environmental Temperature preferred by the Young Pig. Nature 199, 1212–1213 (1963).

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