Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by mold growth on crops in the field, during handling and in storage. Molds will produce mycotoxins under a wide range of conditions.
They enter the animal production system through feed or bedding. Some toxins are more general in warm or tropical climates, but most molds and mycotoxins are found worldwide. More information about the best toxin binders is also available at feedworks.
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Mycotoxins will negatively affect animal health, animal performance, and product quality. Mycotoxin control is critical for good margin and return on your investment and also decent quality merchandise. Mycotoxins can impact livestock in some different ways:
1. Animals eating less food or refusing to eat
2. The creature absorbs or metabolizes less nourishment in the feed
3. Hormones are changed through the endocrine and exocrine systems
Biologically, mycotoxins can cause kidney and liver toxicity in animals, wreak havoc on the central nervous system, alter the fertility and breeding cycles, and degrade resistance to nearly a non-functioning state.
First, you must tackle the mycotoxins from the animal to protect your investment as well as margin. A binder that pulls the mycotoxins from the animal's system harmlessly is your top priority therapy.
Last, use a mold inhibitor from the grain to prevent the future infestation from happening. It is not possible to completely eradicate the conditions in which mold flourishes in a grain storage facility, but is also contained with the use of the mold inhibitors.