Limit mycotoxin contamination

mycotoxin contamination

In the previous two articles in this series, the focus was on the prevention of mycotoxin contamination, and the value of mycotoxin analyses. Mycotoxins can cause a lot of problems without a well-thought-out prevention strategy in place. In fact, even with a good strategy, toxins will still be present. The aim is not to prevent…

Fighting mycotoxins: an unseen enemy

How do you fight an enemy of which you are unaware? By ensuring you are prepared for the attack when it comes and being able to recognise the warning signs ahead of it. When we’re talking about silage, the unseen enemy we are fighting is mycotoxins. Before you roll your eyes, give me chance to…

Mycotoxins in stored grains – no use crying over spoiled milk

There is an age-old saying with timeless implications, ‘There is no use crying over spilt milk.’ Down the years, many people have taken note and applied this to various aspects of their lives. However, spilt milk and spoiled milk are the subject of completely different conversations. The one implies that we should not worry about…

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…

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…

Elitox®: Harnessing the immune system to fight mycotoxins

Mycotoxin management in animal feed remains a major challenge to manufacturers and farmers. Symptoms range from subclinical production losses to acute mortality and decreased reproduction. At the base of these clinical and subclinical symptoms lies the disruptive effects of mycotoxins that give rise to an altered immune response which constantly siphons energy away from growth…

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