Mycotoxins are hidden thieves likely to be responsible for numerous undiagnosed health issues in farmed livestock worldwide. But for the majority of livestock producers the result of mycotoxin presence is more likely to be seen as a subtle problem; Aflatoxin symptoms for example can will be many and varied, but the outcome in all cases will be reduced performance and lost profits.
Mycotoxins can affect the bottom line of any livestock operation in a number of ways:
- Reduced feed intake and output (e.g. milk, meat, eggs)
- Inefficient feed and facility utilisation
- Digestive disturbances (Gastrointestinal tract, liver)
- Compromised health status (e.g. increased somatic cell counts, mortality rates)
- Compromised reproductive performance (e.g. reduced conception rate, abortions)