Bioenergetic Criteria for Meat Animal Environmental ManagementEntry ID: USDA0515
Abstract: The purpose of the "Bioenergetic Criteria for Meat Animal
Environmental Management" dataset is for providing information
on growing meat animals, evaluating dynamics of energetic
responses (e.g., thermoregulation, feed intake) in relation to
thermal thresholds for stress-reduced efficiency and
performance; assessing adaptive and compensatory capabilities
after exposure to thermal stress, including ... the effects of prior
conditioning; and evaluating and improving functional
relationships for performance responses to thermal conditions.
Collection Organization: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Collection Methodology: Thermal environments can strongly impact
bioenergetics (energy flows within the biological system).
Stress response dynamics, emphasizing short-interval measures of
thermoregulation, heat production/dissipation, feeding
activities, and physiological factors, are used to assess
nutritional and genetic interactions with thermal stressors, to
evaluate adaptive capabilities, and to determine the modifying
influences of such factors as age/weight and prior conditioning
on thresholds beyond which growing meat animlas are unable to
fully adapt. Descriptive response relationships are
developed/refined between thermal stressors and reduced
performance/health as a basis for improved environmental
meanagement to enhance productive efficiency and animal
Collection Frequency: Ongoing research.
Update Frequency: Continuous.
Data available in hard copy publications.
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Start Date: 1976-01-01Stop Date: 1996-12-31
Quality Accepted scientific protocols.
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: hahn at aux.marc.usda.gov
USDA Agricultural Research Service P.O. Box 166
City: Clay Center
Province or State: NE
Postal Code: 68933-0166
Nienaber, J.A., Hahn, G.L., McDonald, T.P., and Korthals, R.L.
1996. Feeding Patterns and Swine Performance in Hot
Environments. Trans. of the ASAE 39:195-202.
Hahn, G.L. 1996. Global Warming and Potential Impacts on Cattle
and Swine in Tropical and Temperate Areas. Proc., 1st Brazilian
Congress of Biometeorology:136-173.
Eigenberg, R.A., Hahn, G.L., Nienaber, J.A., Parkhurst, A.M.,
and Kocher, M.F. 1995. Tympanic Temperature Decay Constants as
Indices of Thermal Environments: Swine. Trans. of the ASAE
Moberg, G. and Nienaber, J.A. 1995. Discussion: Characterizing
Stress with Physiological Measurements. Animal Stress Workshop,
Korthals, R.L. 1995. Characterizing Stess:Interpreting and
Modeling Dynamic Responses. Animal Stress Workshop, May 1995
Hahn, G.L. 1995. Environmental management for improved livestock
performance, health and well-being. Japanese Jour. of Lvstk.
Hahn, G.L. 1995. Environmental influences on feed intake and
perfomance of feedlot cattle. Proc. Symp: Intake by Feedlot
Cattle 207-225. P-942 Okla. AES, Stillwater, OK.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-09-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-11-23