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About Mycotoxins

Despite best efforts to grow and subsequently store good quality animal feed materials, numerous batches continue to become contaminated with mycotoxins produced by molds. Since mycotoxins are known to affect physiological processes in livestock, contaminated feed may result in animal performance impairment.

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Mycotoxins - a growing problem

The type and levels of molds and mycotoxins in raw materials vary from region to region due to differences in climate conditions. As a result of climate change, there will be more frequent periods of adverse weather conditions and mycotoxins will occur more often. Over 300 mycotoxins have been identified to-date. The main mycotoxins found in animal feed are Aflatoxins, Deoxynivalenol, Fumonisins, Zearalenone, Ochratoxins and T2-H2T. Commonly found are two or more mycotoxins.

The synergistic impact of multiple mycotoxin contamination in feed is often underestimated, but can result in reduced animal performance and financial losses.

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"The synergistic impact of multiple contamination is often underestimated."

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Why analyze mycotoxins?

Not only is there a large number of different mycotoxins affecting animal performance, they are also not visible by the eye in the feed. Often, symptoms caused by mycotoxin contamination such as poorer animal performance are not immediately recognized as mycotoxin-related. Moreover, mycotoxin levels are hard to predict and can vary significantly from one year to the next due to differences in harvesting conditions or the origin of raw materials. Mycotoxin analysis is therefore key in understanding and managing mycotoxin levels in animal feed.

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"Analysis is key in understanding and managing mycotoxins."