Nutricare 360, brought to you by 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.
As UK pig producers will be aware, Zinc is currently being phased out of pig production- leaving a gap in how producers can effectively support piglets during the early, and critical, weeks of development.
ForFarmers has a range of diets specifically for zinc removal - tried and tested across Europe in recent years and now being adopted on units across the UK. Talk to ForFarmers Pig Technical Advisor, Emma Slater for more information: 07768 378266
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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.
Because of the numerous benefits of using zinc, once removed from UK production there will be a gap in how producers can effectively support piglets during these early weeks of development.
A recent survey suggested more than 1/3rd of UK pig farmers are routinely using zinc oxide in piglet diets post weaning, and many producers still have no clear plan around how to manage the removal next year.
ForFarmers is working with UK pig producers to support them through this significant change in piglet heath management and the role that nutrition can play. Through the ForFarmers international Nutrition Innovation Centre and leading team of nutritional experts we’re working on alternatives, but there is no silver bullet.
Our account managers and technical team are working closely with our customer base in the transition to zinc free production. Over and above this we also wanted to make our advice available to all producers - so we’re sharing a programme of practical tips and advice across our social media channels and here on our website including tips and information on:
ForFarmers operates in multiple countries, all at varying stages in their zinc journey, so we’ll be drawing on experiences from producers in other countries.
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
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In the second instalment of our Preparing for a Future Beyond Zinc series in the latest issue of Pig World, ForFarmers’ Emma Slater spoke to pig specialists from across the group’s European network to assess how farmers elsewhere are performing with and without zinc oxide in piglet diets
In the first of a series, Pig World in association with ForFarmers, looks at a future beyond zinc oxide for UK pig producers, Alister Driver (Pig World) explores the uncertain political backdrop and asks whether enough is being done to prepare for a ban.
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