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Formulating piglet diets without adding antibiotics

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Source: Pig Progress, 27 March 2019, photo credit: MorningChores

As it becomes increasingly uncommon to mix antibiotics or zinc oxide through diets for just-weaned piglets, the question is what to provide instead to ensure an uncompromised growth pattern. Let’s take a look at the common ingredients fibre, protein and fat – what can be done?

The European swine sector is facing big challenges due to the growing pressure to reduce and regulate the use of antimicrobials and the search for alternatives. Antibiotics and zinc oxide (ZnO) in feed have been the most commonly used tools to fight weaning-related problems in post-weaning pigs.
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