Mycotoxins in silage – the silent thief

Imagine for a moment that a thief were to break into your house every night, stealing discrete amounts of your hard-earned savings, right from under your bed. You might not notice at first, but after months of constant losses, it could cost you everything. In the house of agriculture this thief has been stealing and…

Do you know the risk of mycotoxin exposure in pet food diets?

pets eating

Mycotoxin contamination is a well-known problem in production animal diets, but what is the risk of mycotoxin exposure in pet food diets? An article entitled: “Risk assessment of the exposure to mycotoxins in dogs and cats through the consumption of commercial dry food” was recently published in Science of The Total Environment by Maćias-Montes et…

Mycotoxins on pastures – a very real threat

dairy cattle on pasture

Throughout history, mycotoxins have generally only been studied on grains, both stored and on-field, in order to determine their negative impact on both humans and livestock. These studies were undertaken mainly because grains are the main ingredient in both animal and human diets, with mycotoxins having the ability to remain chemically stable throughout food and…

The importance of arginine in piglets

The importance of arginine in piglets

The discovery of the urea cycle in mammals by Hans Krebs and Kurt Henseleit in 1932 highlighted the importance of arginine and returned it to prominence with a renewed focus on its role in modern nutrition. Traditionally, arginine supplementation was not considered in swine diets due to the relative abundance of arginine in raw materials….

The superiority of L-methionine

methionine availability in pigs

Many researchers have investigated the differences between L- and DL-methionine over the past several decades, and yet many nutritionists still have lingering doubts regarding the true value of L-methionine, and the true cost of D-methionine. Today we have a much better understanding of the various factors influencing methionine bioavailability, from ingestion to metabolism and excretion,…

The importance of methionine in neonatal piglets

A healthy, well-developed gut is critical to ensure the future health and performance of piglets. Methionine is one of many constituents that is necessary to ensure optimal gut development. An inadequate supply of methionine severely restricts the development of the gastrointestinal tract, by shifting methionine metabolism towards protein synthesis and splanchnic organ growth such as…