On June 22-23, the European Federation of Animal Science and Animine have organized the second Animine Academy in Paris, after the success of the first edition in 2015. This two-day international scientific conference brought together animal nutritionists from the industry and academy. A limited number of presentations focused on current challenges in swine and poultry production through different themes reviewed by renowned experts: Dr Jean-Paul Lallès (INRA, France), Dr Steve Leeson (University of Guelph, Canada), Dr Jerry Spears (North Carolina State University, USA), Dr Jürgen Zentek (Free University of Berlin, Germany), Dr Claire Rogel-Gaillard (INRA, France) and Dr John Jensen (Aarhus University, Denmark).
The unique format of Animine Academy allowed long time for discussions, so that the audience could learn how trace minerals can satisfy physiological requirements of animals, but also affect intestinal integrity and microbiota, or mitigate the effect of heat stress. A special emphasis was made on the need for more sustainable practices with zinc and copper supplementations, due to the risks of environmental accumulation and increased microbial resistance. The decision from EU veterinary authorities to ban the pharmacological dosage of medicated zinc oxide in diets of weaned pigs is the most recent example.