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Swine it #117: Zinc, copper, or probiotics - what is the best antimicrobial for pigs? - Dr. Wes Schweer

20 November 2021, at 2:31pm

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Preventing bacterial infection in the young piglet is critical for all farmers as they have weakened immune systems in the early stages of their life. In the past we used antibiotics until antibiotic resistant strains became more prevalent. Now zinc oxide is the most used antimicrobial feed additive during the nursery period but is it the most effective method? In today’s talk with Dr. Schweer, he discusses alternative feeding strategies for preventing bacterial infection of the piglet.

"𝘞𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺?" - 𝗗𝗿. 𝗪𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗿

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻:

1. Dr. Schweer’s work with antibiotics
2. Difference between probiotics and prebiotics
3. Mortality studies
4. Zinc and copper studies
5. Zinc alternatives
6. Planning for antimicrobials in the future
7. Post-wean diarrhea
8. Take-home message

𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁: Dr. Schweer earned his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from Iowa State University, while also working for more than four years as a graduate research assistant. While at ISU, he authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed swine research publications and 20 conference proceedings and papers related to swine production and nutrition. In 2018 he joined Zinpro as a swine research nutritionist.