Danish efforts to remove zinc oxide from piglet feeds

Danish efforts to remove zinc oxide from piglet feeds

There are many products that can replace zinc oxide in piglet feed, but it is important to understand what function of zinc oxide is being replaced. (Brett Critchley | Dreamstime.com)

Researchers report their experiences at the Animine-European Federation of Animal Science Joint Academy in Paris.

It was in 1989 when Danish researcher Dr. H. D. Poulsen announced at the 40th annual meeting of the European Association for Animal Production in Dublin that zinc oxide at pharmacological doses could stop diarrhea in weaned pigs. Thirty years later, now in Paris during the 3rd Academy hosted jointly by Animine (France) and the European Federation of Animal Science (same organization as above but with a different name) that Danish researchers from the prestigious SEGES (Danish Pig Research Centre) research institution reported on their attempts to withdraw zinc oxide from piglet diets.