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Uncovering the hidden threat in imported grains
The success of Asian livestock production hinges on the quality of key grains — such as corn, wheat, barley and soybean — that are imported from around the world. Producers know that these raw materials brought in from Europe, North America, Canada and Latin America are vital to empowering the most effective nutritional strategies and protecting the health and performance of their livestock.
Mycotoxins are invisible, toxic chemical compounds produced by the molds and fungi that are present in plants. They can be introduced into animal production through feed ingredients and can impair optimal performance by affecting animals’ intestinal, organ and immune systems, which can subsequently impact producers’ profitability. Variable weather conditions across the key grain-growing regions have once again been the dominant factor shaping mycotoxin risk levels around the world. Similar to what producers experienced in 2021, both drought and heavy rainfall have been common challenges during the growing and harvest seasons.