Peracetic acid precursors as alternatives to supra-nutritional levels of zinc oxide in weaned pigs

Project Details


This project assesses the impact of in-water supplementation of peracetic acid (PAA) precursors to weaner pigs on gut health and performance. Supra-nutritional levels of zinc oxide have long been used as an alternative to in-feed antimicrobial growth promotors in weaner pigs to assist the weaning transition, but are now being phased out due to concerns over its environmental burden as well as recent reports linking its use to enhanced levels of antimicrobial resistance. This work builds on recent evidence that these precursors reduce gut pH and microbial load and improve performance in broilers. The aim here is to extend these findings to other monogastric farm animals that could likewise benefit from this novel, non-antibiotic approach
Short titlePAA precursors for pigs
Effective start/end date18/10/2128/02/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • Pigs
  • Zinc oxide
  • Alternatives


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