Industry Innovation No zinc and no antibiotics in pig management
No zinc and no antibiotics in pig management by Peter McKenzie
In Significant Impact Group(s): Feed / gut health; Feed additives and supplements
Species targeted: Pigs;
Outcome Parameter(s): more good live pigs; more heavier pigs 4 weeks post weaning
Summary: In this paper McKenzie shares his journey with the impact of E.coli on pig management – eventually without antibiotic and zinc oxide use.
After years of veterinary practice, he came to the following regime that results in more good live pigs and heavier pigs at 4 weeks post weaning with minimal or zero injectable antibiotic and no need for zinc oxide:
- Attention to detail
- All-in-all-out and hygiene
- Quality weaner diet consisting of
o Less than 18.5% protein;
o European programme of coated butyric, formic and citric acid and Baccilus PB6
o Korean programme of Algal immune stimulant.
The programme is usually cheaper than Zinc plus some antibiotics. Some farmers have been on the programme for over a year with success. Remove ZnO gently – if management is not as good as expected, and you have a very pathogenic E. coli, then E.coli may triumph over lack of ZnO.
Country: AU (Australia)