Although the use of zinc has long since replaced the use of antibiotics in pig diets, new research shows that this element can cause more damage than crista. Therefore, its use will be banned throughout the European Union by June 26, 2022 at the latest.
Today, therapeutic zinc is already banned in some countries. In addition to the possibility of causing harmful bacteria in piglets, it can also cause resistance of certain types of bacteria to antibiotics. Maintaining the health of piglets is very important. Providing well-balanced food before weaning will lead to better adaptation to solid food after weaning. Acid production is stimulated in the stomach of piglets and better intestinal development, which provides better digestion of plant proteins and carbohydrates. This results in a lower risk of diarrhea and better performance.
The use of zinc in the diet of pigs – the good side
However, despite the negative aspects of zinc, many still use it. Its presence in the diet of piglets directly affects metabolism (digestion) food. Among other things, zinc is a component of carbonic anhydrase, alkaline phosphatase, ribonuclease and DNA polymerase. It is necessary for normal protein synthesis. It is also a component of insulin, and thus affects the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Symptoms zinc deficiency is reduced appetite and weight gain, skin wounds (parakeratosis), diarrhea, vomiting and, in the worst case, death.
Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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