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Micro-encapsulated zinc oxide as a means of controlling post-weaning diarrhoea in pigs

Kim, J.C., Mullan, B.P. and Pluske, J.R. (2011) Micro-encapsulated zinc oxide as a means of controlling post-weaning diarrhoea in pigs. In: Manipulating Pig Production XIII. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference. R. van Barneveld (ed), 27 - 30 November, Adelaide, South Australia p. 95.

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Abstract

The pharmacological use of zinc oxide (2,500-3,000 ppm ZnO) is widely accepted as an efficient means of controlling post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD) in piglets and is being used worldwide as an alternative to antibiotics (Mullan et al. 1995). However, the strategy is criticized because high levels of zinc are excreted into the environment through the effiuent system. Recently, a microencapsulated zinc oxide (ME-ZnO) product (Shield Zn®, CTC Bio Inc., South Korea) claimed to reduce PWD while at a reduced concentration of ZnO of 1OOppm. The ME-ZnO was evaluated relative to ZnO to assess its efficacy in controlling PWD. The hypothesis tested was that inclusion of MEZnO will efficiently control PWD and reduce faecal zinc excretion.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28704
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