Logistics Issues in the Brazilian Pig Industry: A Case-Study of the Transport Micro-Environment

  • Sivanilza Teixeira Machado
  • Irenilza de Alencar NaasEmail author
  • João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
  • Rodrigo Couto Santos
  • Fabiana Ribeiro Caldara
  • Rodrigo Garófallo Garcia
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 459)


Inadequate thermal characteristics inside a truck during livestock transport might lead to an important decrease meat quality and increase swine mortality. This study aims to assess the microenvironment characteristics of the pig transportation truck in tropical regions. These characteristics involve air temperature, relative humidity, wind and vehicle speed, and noise level. The present study compares two pig transportation schedules by assessing the ambient and pig surface temperature, and calculating the environmental temperature and humidity index (THI). The surface temperature was recorded using a thermal camera. Results showed that thermal characteristics inside the truck varied between the farm and the slaughterhouse plant \((p < 0.0489)\). The unloading process at the slaughterhouse plant impacted the pigs surface temperature \((p < 0.027)\) more than the loading management at the farm.


Pig transport logistic Hot weather Pre-slaughter management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sivanilza Teixeira Machado
    • 1
  • Irenilza de Alencar Naas
    • 1
    Email author
  • João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Couto Santos
    • 2
  • Fabiana Ribeiro Caldara
    • 2
  • Rodrigo Garófallo Garcia
    • 2
  1. 1.Postgraduate Studies Program in Production EngineeringPaulista UniversitySão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Agricultural Sciences DepartmentFederal University of Grande DouradosDouradosBrazil

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