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Weaning Without Zinc Oxide

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Start Date:On Demand

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:

Industry is trying to determine how to effectively remove zinc oxide from piglet diets.

A ban on the use of zinc oxide in feed for weaned pigs in the European Union, due to its negative environmental impact, will come into effect in June 2022, so the hunt is on for alternative strategies.

The ban will leave the European pig sector with a challenge – how to produce pigs without using high-level zinc oxide at weaning – and without increasing the reliance on antibiotics to keep pigs free from diarrhea.

The removal of zinc oxide comes on the back of EU-wide regulation to reduce copper levels in piglet diets, with copper also providing protection against diarrhea.

Our webinar - Weaning Without Zinc Oxide - will explore strategies to ensure weaning without zinc oxide and with reduced post-weaning diarrhea, from a reduction in protein inclusion levels to finding the optimal level of minerals such as calcium or chloride or sodium to determining what inclusion rates of fiber might work, and other novel feeding approaches.

The experts will also offer insight into the combined effect of different feed additives as replacements for zinc oxide in piglet rations.

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Speakers

Alfons Jansman, PhD

Senior Scientist
Wageningen UR Livestock Research

Senior scientist at Wageningen Livestock Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands. After graduating from the Wageningen University in 1987, he obtained his PhD at the same university in 1993 on a thesis entitled “Tannins in feedstuffs for simple-stomached animals”. He was employed from 1993 till 2003 by TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) as scientist animal nutrition. Since 2003 he is working at Wageningen Livestock Research, The Netherlands as senior scientist animal nutrition (pigs and poultry). His main areas of expertise are digestive physiology in pigs, amino acid requirements and metabolism, and nutrition and health in pigs and poultry.

Charlotte Lauridsen, PhD

Section Manager Professor - Department of Animal Science - Immunology and microbiology
Aarhus University

My research activities are primarily concerned on nutrition and physiology of animal husbandry with focus on the importance of vitamins (vitamin E, A, C og D), lipids, fatty acids, natural and synthetic antioxidants and selected minerals and feed additives for especial monogastric animals liveability, health, reproduction, nutrient utilisation, and product quality. The research involves basic and applied physiological investigations with special emphasis on the digestion, absorption, metabolism, and utilisation of these nutrients, and the applied methods involve measurements of especially fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins within the whole spectre from cell- to whole animal level. One of the major interests is the importance of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids and vitamin E for the resistance against infectious diseases, and the area comprises both humoral- and cell-mediated immunological measurements, including eicosanoids and inflammatory markers. Major focus is given to enhancement of gut health in piglets and prevention of post weaning diarrhea. The working area covers in addition the application of animal models (pigs and rats) for humans, for instance studies regarding the importance of organic food and human health; the interaction between diet and therapies for patients whose health is compromised by infectious diseases; and investigations on the nutritional quality of food and health-potential characteristics.

Lisbeth Shooter, PhD

Specialized Senior Manager, Pigs
SEGES Pig Research Centre

Lisbeth Shooter is Specialized Senior Manager, Pigs, in SEGES Pig Research Centre with the overall responsibility of coordinating the pig innovation activities. Moreover, Lisbeth is also the team manager of the Feed Efficiency team. Having graduated in 2006 with a MSc in Animal Science from the the former Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen), Lisbeth spent 7 years in England working for BPEX (now AHDB Pork) as a Knowledge Transfer Manager communicating with and advising pig producers. In 2013 Lisbeth returned to Denmark to take up the role as Head of Department for the agricultural consultancy company Patriotisk Selskab, where she continued to work with pig producers as a consultant until joining SEGES in 2015.

Jane Byrne

Senior Editor
FeedNavigator

Jane has over 16 years’ experience in the field of communications and journalism. She has written extensively on a range of diverse topics from current affairs to politics to education to food production, packaging, safety and ingredients. Previously senior editor of FoodNavigator, she now heads up the FEED division of WRBM.

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