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ForFarmers launches online advice series as part of its holistic approach in supporting pig producers in their zinc free journeys

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From June 2022 Zinc will no longer be allowed used in piglet diets- leaving a gap in how producers can effectively support piglets during the early, and critical, weeks of development.

Zinc Oxide is typically used, at therapeutic levels, in piglet diets for the prevention of two big health challenges: post-weaning diarrhoea and bowel oedema disease in pigs- issues, which can significantly impact the health and performance of piglets at a critical stage in their growth and development.

Through its holistic piglet management programme, Nutricare 360, ForFarmers offers a structured approach to supporting our customers in tackling some of the big challenges facing the UK pig industry, with the overall goal of improving piglet health and vitality.

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Emma Slater

Young Animal Feed Advisor Emma Slater comments: “We know that many producers still have no clear plan around how to manage the removal next year. Our Nutricare programme helps us work with producers by taking a structured approach to the zinc challenge and other challenges they may be facing on their specific site.

“ForFarmers operates in multiple countries, all at varying stages in their zinc journey, so, in collaboration with our international Nutritional Innovation Centre, we’ll be drawing on experiences from producers in other countries. It puts us in a great position because we’ll be using real world examples from other producers who have already been through this transition.”

Over and above this ForFarmers also wanted to share advice available to all producers so the nutritional business will launch a series of practical tips and advice across their social media channels and on our website for those not on social media, including tips and information on:

  • Ensuring good hygiene and creating the right environment to support good health
  • Colostrum management
  • Healthy litter birth weights
  • Matching nutrient intake to the type of animal to support gut health
  • Encouraging consistent feed intake
  • In feed and water acidification

“And of course, these factors aren’t just important when it comes to transitioning to zinc free, but also generally for improving piglet vitality and overall herd performance.”

The series launched recently with a video to set the scene for producers about what’s to come, watch the video here.

Wherever you are on your zinc journey, ForFarmers is here to help. Talk to our Young Animal Feed Specialist, Emma Slater, today: 07768 37 82 66