Any natural farm environment is home to not only crops and animals but also to fungi and molds, which produce Mycotoxins that can adversely affect the farms productivity. Molds primarily proliferate in cereals or feed such as maize.
Any farm feed subjected to improper storage can suffer mold growth. Even a small amount of mold can contain significant levels of Mycotoxins. This condition may not be detected by naked eye but Mycotoxin affected animals usually show the following symptoms:
- Sore hocks
- Reduced milk yield
- Abnormality in reproduction
- Poor health and disease prone animals
- Increased cell counts
- Degraded productivity
All of the above-mentioned symptoms in farm animals may be an indication of a Mycotoxin infection on a farm. A few common Mycotoxins that negatively impact the farm are Aflatoxin, fumonisin, ochratoxin, T2 toxin, zearalenone and vomitoxin. These are mainly produced by molds like Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Penicillium. Over five hundred different Mycotoxins have been discovered up to now. Feed grain can be contaminated by a single Mycotoxin or a mix of different Mycotoxins and hence it becomes difficult to eradicate the issue through sampling. Any Mycotoxin mitigation method must be efficient and effective enough to combat a broad spectrum of Mycotoxins.
Mycotoxin binding formulations and their effects:
A Mycotoxin binder is a formulation often containing active minerals and gluco-mannans that bind to Mycotoxins reducing the impact of their toxicity. A good mycotoxin binder will provide a broad spectrum of toxicity mitigation. The combined action of gluco-mannans and active minerals is highly important in decreasing the threat from Mycotoxins and preventing financial losses to the farm.
Due to effective binding to feed additives the Mycotoxins fail to cross the intestinal walls of the animals and as the two are bound together the binder excretes the Mycotoxin along with itself out of the animal providing enough safety and protection to the animals.