Coming up: Webinar on heat stress in pigs, poultry and dairy cows

25-02-2022 | |
Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

There is no better way to say it, but heat stress in livestock is a ‘hot’ topic in the livestock sector. In an upcoming webinar, which will take place on 10 March 2022 at 3pm (CET) and hosted by All About Feed in cooperation with Phileo by Lesaffre and IFF, heat stress will be the focus topic. Attendance is free.

With rising summer temperatures, heat stress on farms across the globe brings with it many issues for livestock as well as farmers. During the summer months, temperatures can soar which can have a major impact on farm animals globally. If there are no strategies in place to prevent and tackle heat stress, the animals will not deal well with the rise in temperatures and heat stress will occur and bring with it losses in many aspects.

The result will be production losses in livestock and an impact on the animals’ ability to maintain normal function. This means that the farm is also at risk as the bottom line can take a huge knock when animal performance is not optimal and production losses occur.


In poultry, heat stress affects growth, reproductive performance, and egg production. In pigs, increase respiration and a loss of appetite can be seen. In dairy cows, decreased performance and reduced milk production is linked to heat stress. These are just some consequences of heat stress. But what can be done? What the are feed and nutrition strategies that can combat heat stress? What role does animal health, gut integrity and, for example, natural betaine have in mitigating the harmful effects of livestock?

This webinar on 10 March 2022 at 3pm (CET) will dive deep into these questions and more.


IMG_00851. Dr Deepashree Kand, Global Technical Marketing Consultant at IFF, will present on:

Nature’s osmolyte power to combat heat stress

Dr Kand is responsible for providing technical support with the main focus on ruminant portfolio products at Danisco Animal Nutrition and Health (IFF). She is a ruminant nutrition specialist and holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Before joining IFF, she worked at Mootral, focusing on sustainable livestock production involving methane reduction in ruminants.

She will highlight:

  • The impact of heat stress on ruminants
  • Review betaines’ dual role and how a natural betaine can help cows mitigate and maintain profitable livestock


2. Dr Ruth Raspoet, Poultry R&D Manager at Phileo by Lesaffre will discuss:

Heat stress: Underlying mechanism and mitigation of harmful effects

Dr Raspoet received a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biotechnology at Ghent University. In 2014, she obtained a PhD in Veterinary Medical Science, studying the survival mechanisms of Salmonella Enteritidis in egg white. After contributing on studies for Salmonella vaccine development with Ghent University, she joined Phileo in 2015 as Poultry R&D Manager. Her core function is to develop new products, services and solutions for the poultry industry.

She will present on:

Summer is coming in 2 or 3 months in the north part of the world, but poultry producers and feed manufacturers are already anticipating this issue. Let’s see why it’s important to anticipate heat stress management:

• Why heat stress is harmful to birds

  • Impact on gut integrity and health status
  • Influence on overall health status and immunity

• How mitigate heat stress negative effects

  • Decrease pathogen pressure
  • Improve gut health
  • Enhance natural defenses
  • Reduce mortality and FCR, increase performance

3. Professor Philip Thornton, Research & Innovation Strategist, Clim-Eat and Honorary Professor, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, will talk about:

Future heat stress in domesticated livestock: How bad can it get?


This webinar will start at 3pm CET. That time corresponds to:

    • Des Moines, IA, United States: 8am
    • New York, NY, United States: 9am
    • São Paulo, Brazil: 11am
    • London, UK: 2pm
    • Kyiv, Ukraine: 4pm
    • Moscow, Russia: 5pm
    • Bangkok, Thailand: 9pm
    • Beijing, China: 10pm
    • Tokyo, Japan: 11pm
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Zana Van Dijk Editor Dairy Global
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