Mycotoxin Symptoms – What You Should Know!

Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by moulds. All natural materials and many man-made ones are subject to contamination by moulds and under favourable environmental conditions, when temperature and moisture are conducive, these fungi proliferate and may produce mycotoxins. Over 500 mycotoxins have been identified and this number is steadily increasing. There are several different species of moulds, which generate these mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are the subsidiary metabolites as a biotic armament against other life forms.  Mycotoxin symptoms depend on the type of mycotoxin.

Origin of Mycotoxins:

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Mycotoxin Contamination in Animal Feed – The Problems and the Solutions

Mycotoxins in animal feed is a widespread problem that concerns all animal farmers. Be it stored feed grains or natural lush forage hays; Mycotoxins are everywhere. Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by moulds. All natural materials and many man-made ones are subject to contamination by moulds and under favourable environmental conditions, when temperature and moisture are conducive, these fungi proliferate and may produce mycotoxins. Over 500 mycotoxins have been identified and this number is steadily increasing. Once ingested, Mycotoxins create a combination of medical conditions in animals, which is commonly referred to as mycotoxicosis. Mycotoxicosis results in a loss of productivity, reducing the overall health of the farm animals and in case of severe infections, it can also lead to the death of the animals.

Different Animal Feed Mycotoxins And Their Effects

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Things You Need To Know About Storage Mycotoxin

Mycotoxins are a common problem on farms, and are natural substances produced by moulds. All natural materials and many man-made ones are subject to contamination by moulds and under favourable environmental conditions, when temperature and moisture are conducive, these fungi proliferate and may produce mycotoxins. Over 500 mycotoxins have been identified and this number is steadily increasing.

 

 

The impact of these Mycotoxins however can be severe on cattle, pigs, horses, poultry and fish. Moulds grow well on both forage and grains before they are harvested. Mycotoxin inhibitors can control the new fungal growth in crops. But that does not put an end to mould contamination as Storage Mycotoxins are very common in animal feed that is stored after the crop harvest. There are several reasons behind the growth of moulds and related Mycotoxins in a storage environment.

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Keep Your Livestock Safe From Mycotoxins With a Mycotoxin Binder

Any natural farm environment is home to not only crops and animals but also to fungi and molds, which produce Mycotoxins that can adversely affect the farms productivity. Molds primarily proliferate in cereals or feed such as maize.
Any farm feed subjected to improper storage can suffer mold growth. Even a small amount of mold can contain significant levels of Mycotoxins. This condition may not be detected by naked eye but Mycotoxin affected animals usually show the following symptoms:
  • Sore hocks
  • Reduced milk yield
  • Abnormality in reproduction
  • Poor health and disease prone animals
  • Increased cell counts
  • Degraded productivity

 

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Understanding What The Mycotoxin Inhibitor Is And Its Uses

Mycotoxin contamination is a common farm problem found across the globe. Basically these toxins are produced by molds. Some strains of fungi and molds are commonly known to produce Mycotoxins which impart negative effects on farm animals such as reduced feeding, poor breeding, weak and poor performing animals and also loss of the immune system. All of these adversely affect the farm’s profitability. It therefore becomes crucial to understand molds, Mycotoxins and their mitigation processes to prevent economic losses caused by Mycotoxin contamination.

Molds and their classifications:

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The Affect of Mycotoxins on Livestock

Mycotoxins are toxic substance that are produced by mold that grows in the food of the livestock during the handling or storage. Molds can produce mycotoxins under a wide range of conditions and can enter the animal through feed or through their bedding.

How Mycotoxins Affect livestock?

Mycotoxins have a number of negative effects on livestock. Here are the most common types of ways that they can cause damage to livestock –

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How to Determine Safe Levels of Mycotoxins

Even after using the best quality control systems in the world, animal farmers often find themselves stuck with mycotoxin contaminated grain or feed. The first question that comes to mind is: are the levels of mycotoxin found in feed safe for the animals or do they need to  discard the whole batch. Before going into the details, we need to know the affect of mycotoxins on animals. This helps to determine whether the levels of mycotoxins can cause harm to the animals.

Chemical Class and Structure
There are about 500 types of fungi that cause mycotoxins to be present. These belong to different chemical classes and each of them affects the animals that consume them differently. Apart from that, the exact chemical structure of the mycotoxin and the binder inclusion rates are also important in order to reduce the toxicity levels.

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Treatment and Prevention of Mycotoxicosis in Poultry

Mycotoxicosis is a very common disease found in farm animals caused by a natural toxin produced by fungus. In poultry this disease mainly occurs from these toxin-producing fungi getting embedded and thriving in their grain and feed. Many of these mycotoxins exhibit additive or synergistic effects along with many other natural toxins, infectious agents, and nutritional deficiencies.  Quite a few of them are chemically stable and remain toxic for a long time. Their early treatment and prevention can go a long way in tackling this serious problem.

 

 

Treatment

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How You Can Adapt A Comprehensive Strategy Of Mycotoxin Analysis For Your Animal Feed – Alltech MIKO

The contamination of animal feed with growing variations of moulds is leading to the rise of cases of mycotoxin poisoning in livestock. This is of grave concern for livestock farmers due to the subsequent impact on animal health and performance. There is a need for many farmers, producers and feed mills to implement better mycotoxin analysis programs at the feed level to curb this issue from the start. However, a greater part of the contamination is already predominant amongst the animals and there is a need for recovery methods to help reverse the issue quickly. As such, the strategy here should be all-inclusive from the very beginning of the feed cycle to carry on preventative measures whilst also being proactive with recovery and future monitoring to stop the progress of the contamination.

The Alltech mycotoxin management program is dedicated to working towards mycotoxin detection and control in animal feed processing. The Alltech MIKO program is a comprehensive analysis and control programme that can be applied to cross species utilisation. This incredible program has been developed after years of results oriented research. Here is a look at some of the concepts of the program and tips for livestock farmers on how to adapt the points of the strategy for checking the growth of mycotoxin threats in animal feed.

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