To assist feed mills and producers, Alltech has developed the MIKO (Mycotoxin Hazard Analysis) program. Based on HACCP principles (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), the program is designed to identify the mycotoxin risks within a farm or feed mill and create a plan to minimize the risks for the animal, and protect profitability of operations.
MIKO on the farm
On the farm the MIKO audit starts with examining the grains and other feeds stored on the livestock unit, looking for evidence of mould growth and exploring issues such as where the feeds are stored (e.g. are they exposed to rain and humidity and their delivery pattern. Alltech representatives also use temperature probes and thermal imaging cameras to look for hotspots that indicate potential mould activity.
At the feed mill, the MIKO audit starts with swabbing the interior of every piece of equipment used in the feed process, from receiving of grains to the finished feed silos. Testing for mould and yeast contamination at each of these areas gives a good assessment of the overall risks in the mill, and it provides information to help develop an appropriate cleaning maintenance schedule and general working practices in a thorough report which will mitigate the risk.
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The goal of the MIKO program is to understand the level of mycotoxin challenges in the supply chain so that the right steps can be taken to try and mitigate their negative effects on animal performance and food safety.
This involves establishing the correct monitoring procedures as well as identifying critical levels for the given animal species being fed. With this information, the right balance can be struck between economical feeding and optimal animal performance as it relates to mycotoxins.
If you believe you would benefit from a MIKO assessment of your farm or feed mill, or simply want to talk to us in a little more detail about MIKO please use the Contact Us form.