Jul 18

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

The old saying, “We are scraping at the bottom of the barrel,” seems about right when it comes to the current feed being used. With the 2014 harvest just on the horizon, many swine and poultry producers are finding the last of the 2013 grains being used in feed is of substantially lower quality. Even when stored in the best conditions, grains never improve quality during the storage period. Grain quality is either maintained or lost, taking with it the farm’s net returns. Corn, a key ingredient in swine and poultry diets, can represent close to 60 percent of the total feed.

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Jun 09

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

Troubleshooting Dairy Herds for Mycotoxicoses

When troubleshooting herds that may have been exposed to the influence of mycotoxins, the most important thing for the investigator (veterinarian, nutritionist, dairyman, consultant, allied industry individual) to keep in mind is to not jump to conclusions and assume mycotoxins are the entire problem on the dairy. They may, however, be part of the problem, and we need to begin the investigative process.

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Jun 09

What was the impact of 2012's summer on dairy farming?

What was the impact of 2012's summer on dairy farming? Jenő Helembai

It appears that the fight against mycotoxins is not quite over in Hungary. Producers had serious issues with Aflatoxins. 2012 was extremely hot and temperatures regularly reached over 40 degrees.

Milyen hatásai vannak a 2012-es forró nyárnak a magyarországi szarvasmarhatarásra? Úgy tűnik, hogy a mikotoxinok elleni küzdelem nem ért véget Magyarországon. Ebben az évben a termelők az Aflatoxin ellen küzdöttek. A 2012-es év páratlanul meleg volt és több hullámban is 40 celsius fok fölé kúszott a hőmérő higanyszála.

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May 21

A Holistic Approach to Mycotoxin Control – Preparing for the Unexpected

A Holistic Approach to Mycotoxin Control – Preparing for the Unexpected

With unexpected weather patterns can come unexpected changes to regional mycotoxin contamination patterns. Just two months ago in the Balkans, news emerged of aflatoxin B1 contamination of a maize crop and a spike in aflatoxin M1 concentrations in milk. The maize was rejected in international feed markets and the milk was withdrawn from sale. These events stemmed from extreme drought stress in the 2012 growing season leading to poor maize crop yields together with conditions that favored mold growth. What can be done?

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