Jul 29

What’s Hiding in Your Feed?

What’s Hiding in Your Feed?

This summer’s excessive rain has left the wheat harvest lagging behind and the crop in suboptimal condition, according to one grain management expert.

Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team, said that the most common mycotoxin issue with wheat is Deoxynivalenol (DON), produced by Fusarium graminareum mold. This is the same mold that produces Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), and the two are commonly associated in wheat. However, in some cases DON can still be present even if FHB is not spotted.

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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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