International conference on medicinal zinc

By 2022, all pig producers in the EU will no longer be allowed to use medicinal zinc to treat post-weaning diarrhoea, and this will present the industry with real challenges. SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre is organising an international conference in Copenhagen and has invited experts from Denmark and beyond to take part in discussions and to share the latest research into this issue.

The ban, which is mainly for environmental reasons, will give rise to certain challenges because there are currently no other obvious alternatives. The ban on medicinal zinc may not result in increased use of antibiotics.

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SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre is, therefore, organising a Zero Zinc Summit on 17th and 18th June in Copenhagen: a conference for experts from across the world to discuss the topic and share the latest research findings in this area.

SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, a part of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, is committed to reducing zinc consumption and has a number of trials underway to identify alternatives. As the EU Commission’s decision to ban the use of medicinal zinc will impact the majority of the EU’s piglet producers, there is no need for all countries to reinvent the wheel.

"Our objective is that from the Summit, a number of research results will be presented as to how we advance the work to find alternatives to medicinal zinc,” says Christian Fink Hansen, Sector Director at SEGES Pig Production and Chairman of Zero Zinc Summit.

The list of key note speakers is in place and SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre is inviting scientists from across the world to share abstracts on the well-documented research in the area – with the chance to disseminate their knowledge at the conference, which will attract global participation.

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