Mycotoxins are toxic substances that may be present even in clean looking and well preserved feed for your cattle. They are present in almost all the animal feed and so a proper way to deal with the problem needs to be devised. Let’s look at some such ways.
- Grow and harvest cleaner crops
It is not possible to completely remove the mycotoxins but there are certain other ways in which you can handle the situation. One effective way is to grow and harvest cleaner crops for the cattle. After harvesting, the crop needs to be stored as quickly as possible in a clean clamp. This will not eliminate the threat of mycotoxins but it will help reduce the growth of mould in the grains.
- Minimise the impact of mycotoxins
Most cattle diets can suffer from mycotoxin contamination. So one should do everything possible to reduce the mycotoxin level in animal feed. A broad spectrum mycotoxin binder such as Alltech’s Mycosorb A+ can help mitigate the threat to animal health. The objective of adding a binder is to bind a wide range of mycotoxins in the feed rapidly after the cattle consumes it.
- Lab tests of feed
Lab tests will help you analyze and understand the level of mycotoxins present in your grain and once you get to know the level, it will help you to manage the problem effectively. Samples of the suspect grain can be sent to commercial analytical laboratory to evaluate the mycotoxins level. By knowing the level you can mix good quality grain with contaminated grain to reduce its harmful effect, but most importantly know the best inclusion rate for your mycotoxin binder depending on the level of risk to your animals and your profits.