Removing zinc oxide from pig diets – what are the options?
The UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate granted an extension in the UK last year, allowing the industry to use up any product purchased before the authorisation expired in June 2022. Current supplies of zinc oxide are expected to be exhausted this summer (2023).
In this episode, we hear about research that AHDB has conducted with SAC Commercial Ltd. to understand the pros and cons of some of the alternative options available to farmers in the absence of zinc oxide.
The options reviewed through this project target pig nutrition, management and immunity. Summaries have been produced to help guide farmers and their vets and nutritionists, which include details about costs, effectiveness and the time required to implement each of the options.
This week’s guests
Dr Charlotte Evans, Head of Engagement (Pork), AHDB
Dr Bethan John, Animal Health & Welfare Scientist, AHDB
Dr Jim Morris, Senior Vice President of the Pig Veterinary Society
Rapid Evidence Assessment report: REA of research studies and evidence syntheses on assessment of practices to reduce post-weaning diarrhoea in pigs
AHDB knowledge library: Removing zinc oxide from pig diets
Pig World article: UK pig sector Industry looks to gather evidence to justify return of zinc oxide
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This episode was produced and edited by Miriam Drewett, Marcomms Manager (Pork).