Elanco is to hold a seminar on piglet gut health, to help support the transition away from medicinal zinc usage to control post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD), at the Jury’s Inn hotel, near Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 21st September from 11am – 1pm.

Leading industry experts including Faye Murch from Kingsgate Nutrition, Eric Nadeau, Elanco Global Pig Vaccine Advisor, veterinary consultant Daniel Parker and Francesc Molist from Schothorst Feed Research will share their learnings on alternative approaches to managing PWD, including vaccination.

Jack Fellows from Elanco Animal Health says that with 90% of producers using their vet as their first port of call when it comes to PWD1, it is vital they start to encourage producers to consider an alternative prescription to zinc.

He said: “Producers must start to prepare now to avoid being forced to turn to antibiotics when zinc is no longer an option.

"Vaccination will become an increasingly important component of PWD prevention. Amongst other topics on mastering piglet gut health, the seminar aims to support knowledge on the application of in-water vaccines to ensure appropriate and effective use.”

Jack says that while vaccination may appear costly in comparison to zinc oxide, it offers a good return on investment: "Piglets can be vaccinated from 18 days of life, so they are protected from the pathogen at weaning, and we are seeing a growing number of UK herds using vaccines as part of their PWD prevention strategy.

"Farms using the Coliprotec vaccine are no longer using in-water medication to control scours. They’re also noticing that piglets are eating more, and that they’re achieving an extra 2kg of slaughter weight2 while reaching market weights seven days sooner3.”

To register for the event, visit: https://www.myelanco.co.uk/pub/swine-seminar-registration 

References

  1. Elanco Market Research Farmers Weekly Post Weaning Diarrhoea Research 2020 (v1.0)
  2. Purina Mills Purina Mills EACH PRODUCTION PHASE IMPACTS THE NEXT 2015 (v1.0)
  3. Vangroenweghe F et al 10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management 2018 254 (v1.0)

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