The enzymes in the pig require Zinc for their normal structure and function. It forms an essential part of insulin. Pigs deficient in Zinc show poor growth, poor appetite and a skin thickening, called Parakeratosis.
The inorganic Zinc compounds like sulphate or oxide however, result in less available Zinc for the tissues. The reason for this is that Zinc levels are maximized in feed. Zinc Acetate dosage at levels of maximum Zinc though result in higher growth and pink coloured piglets.