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Mycotoxins & Animal Production

Mycotoxins – the hidden menace

The acute intake of high concentrations of mycotoxins causes profound reductions in animal performance and increased mortality. That aside, veterinarians and researchers are increasingly concerned about the effects of chronic low-level ingestion of these toxins given the amount of feed that is potentially contaminated . Low-levels of mycotoxins result in arrange of symptoms of under performance that have no obvious causative agent.

The risk of mycotoxin contamination has increased, and will continue to increase, due to climate change, farming practices designed to lower water use and increased international trading of food/feed. Management to decrease fungal and mould infections (mycotoxin) involves treating grains at source with fungicides, adequate storage, and screening of food/feed for toxins to assign usages depending on level of toxin. Although effective in reducing high-level ingestion and acute toxicity, the fact is that low levels of these toxins are in grains, especially those designated for feed.

Do you have a problem?

The difficulty with mycotoxicosis is to confirm diagnosis. The symptoms associated with mycotoxin poisoning are general and include; Unexplained changes in feed intake

  • High incidence of digestive problems including an abnormal amount of mucus in the faeces
  • Increased incidence of disease linked to a depressed immune system General fluid retention in tissues (oedema)
  • Reduced fertility- including fetal reabsorption and abortions without obvious infectious cause
  • A general unthriftiness and malaise
  • Animals unresponsive to treatment for disease

None of the above is conclusive for mycotoxin poisoning, but in the absence of more typical causes, e.g. infection or poor management, then the most likely cause is a low-grade mycotoxicosis.

Risk factors associated with mycotoxin poisoning

Mould and fungi thrive in warm, moist conditions when there is a food source available. Most, if not all, will produce mycotoxins, especially when stressed. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Estimate that 25% of the Worlds grain stocks are contaminated with moulds and fungi at source. It is difficult to avoid coming into contact with mould-affected grains.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimate that 25% of the World’s grains supplies are contaminated with fungi and mould (hence mycotoxins) at source.

How to ensure that mycotoxins are not affecting your production

The best method is avoidance of affected feeds. However, given that 25% of all grains produced are affected and that premium grains are reserved for food grade the chances of mycotoxin contamination of feed are significantly greater. Therefore, the best option is a multi-factor approach including;

  • Providing the best quality feed available
  • Storing feed in optimal conditions to reduce the risk of fungal growth
    • Including antifungal agents in the diet formulations
  • Maintaining best husbandry practices
  • Providing your animals with a diet that reduces the risk of mycotoxin absorption and their metabolic effects
    • Binders to reduce the effective concentration of mycotoxins
    • Gut conditioners to increase the beneficial bacteria, hence potential to detoxify toxins in the diet
    • Providing dietary components that can help protect the animal by maintaining a strong natural defence system e.g. a good source of β-glucans

NuEra Nutrition – Mycotoxin binders (may assist with the following)

NuEra Nutrition have got 2 mycotoxin binder available Zenifix & Nubind.

Zenifix is a mix of minerals from volcanic veins that are mined manually to avoid contamination with other minerals. The mix is rich in aluminosilicate of defined granularity to ensure a large and consistant surface area. It is free flowing providing easy mixing, in addition the physical properties of NuEra Zenifix assists pelleting of processed feeds. Once activated with water in the digestive tract, NuEra Zenifix sequesters aflatoxins and other mycotoxins. The mineral-toxin complexes are excreted in the faeces.

NuEra NuBind is a proprietary blend of organic and volcanic mineral mycotoxin binders supplemented with an additional gut conditioner. The blend has improved toxin binding characteristics as well as providing prebiotics to support the beneficial gut bacteria and natural breakdown of toxins