Heat stress management in broilers
The need to reduce heat stress and oxydative stress in poultry is crucial to maintain bird performance and optimal margins for farmers.
Poultry appear to be particularly sensitive to environmental challenges, such as high temperatures combined with high humidity, commonly called heat stress. About 50% of global poultry production is located in tropical areas, with big future growth forecast in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In these areas, and some temperate regions with hot seasons, high temperatures can be detrimental to commercial poultry. When coupled with high humidity, the effects can be devastating.
Global warming is also a significant factor with temperatures above 30°C (86°F) occurring regularly worldwide.