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Mycotoxin symptoms

Mycotoxins are hidden thieves likely to be responsible for numerous undiagnosed health issues in farmed livestock worldwide. For the majority of livestock producers the result of mycotoxin presence is more likely to be seen as a subtle, chronic problem, 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 (e.g. gastrointestinal damages, increased gut pathogens)
  • Compromised health status (e.g. increased somatic cell counts, liver damage, mortality rates)
  • Compromised reproductive performance (e.g. reduced conception rate, abortions)

Managing the threat 

Mycotoxins impair optimum livestock performance by affecting intestinal, organ and immune systems – which in turn has an obvious subsequent negative impact on profitability.

Animals at risk come into contact with mycotoxins via pasture, preserved forages, grains, by-products, complete commercial feeds and bedding materials.

Help is at hand however because Alltech has developed a global solution to help control mycotoxins through a combination of mycotoxin management programs, mycotoxin testing and binder technologies.

Effective mycotoxin management is about seeing the whole challenge, from the farm to feed mill and from risk assessment to feed management.  The Alltech Mycotoxin Management Program provides a number of solutions to help you mitigate the threat you could face from field or storage mycotoxins.