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Invisible and highly dangerous - mycotoxins in animal feed

Invisible and highly dangerous - mycotoxins in animal feed

Effective mycotoxin management prevents disease and economic losses

Humic acids improve the effect of toxin binders
 

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of molds that can be toxic even in the smallest amounts. They pose a threat to animal health and, in the long term, to livestock. Complex mycotoxin management involving humic acids can prevent losses and maintain herd health.

Mycotoxins are a stress-related reaction

Mycotoxins are produced by fungi when they are exposed to stresses such as large temperature fluctuations, prolonged drought or long rains. They are produced already in the field or later during storage; accordingly, they are divided into field and storage toxins. The risk of mycotoxin contamination of feed has risen sharply in recent years because climatic conditions vary greatly and high-yielding cereal varieties in particular are very sensitive to biotic stress.

Toxins can cause short-term illness and long-term damage

Even in small amounts, mycotoxins can have extremely unfavorable effects on the immune system, fertility, genetic material and organs. The short-term consequences are nonspecific drops in performance such as low daily gains, poor feed conversion or laying weakness. If the exposure to the toxins lasts longer, the consequences are severe and the diseases become obvious. They affect the liver and kidneys as well as dangerous impairments of metabolism, blood formation and immunological processes. Now, fast and targeted action must be taken to prevent major damage, which in case of doubt could threaten the existence of the company.

A well thought-out mycotoxin management is indispensable

Mycotoxin contamination can be effectively countered by various interlocking measures. In addition to adjustments in the field, such as the establishment of sensible crop rotations, maintaining optimal moisture levels during harvest and storage is of great importance. Regular analyses provide information on the actual mycotoxin contamination in the feed, so that this can be countered by appropriate feed additives.

Mycotoxin binders reduce the harmful effect of toxins in the gut

Today, mycotoxin binders as feed additives are an indispensable part of well thought-out mycotoxin management. Their task is to bind the harmful toxins firmly so that the animals excrete them in their feces before they can cause damage in the digestive tract. It is important here that toxin binders are used selectively, because not all preparations are suitable for every mycotoxin.

Humic acids support the effect of mycotoxin binders

The use of humic acids and aquatic fulvic acids (FULVOFEED) can significantly increase the effect of the toxin binders in the feed. On the one hand, they bind mycotoxins such as DON and aflatoxins themselves. On the other hand, they fix heavy metals and endotoxins, rendering them harmless. In addition, humic additives increase feed utilization by breaking down the feed's micronutrients and vitamins, making them more available to the animals.

And what else can humic acids do?

In addition to their mycotoxin and heavy metal binding effects, humic substances also improve the animals' intestinal health via the feed. This increases feed conversion and strengthens the immune system. They also stabilize the pH in the gut, reducing nitrogen export and thus emissions in the barn. In a previous article, we described how the use of humic acids can improve animal health and even reduce the use of antibiotics. Read more here.

Humic acids and aquatic fulvic acids cannot replace the addition of mycotoxin binders in feed. However, their addition makes sense for health and economic reasons.

What do you do about mycotoxin contamination in feed? Which strategies have proven successful for you?

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HUMINTECH GmbH

Humintech is a biotech company based in Grevenbroich, Germany. We are primarily focused on the research, development and industrial production of humic matter and humic acids for the agricultural sector.  Our products find further use in the feed, pharmaceutical and construction industry, in veterinary medicine and for ecological purposes such as water purification and soil decontamination.

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