What are Mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by molds and fungi, and based on results from Alltech’s mycotoxin testing, over 95% of samples analysed globally are contaminated with at least one mycotoxin. Mycotoxins are invisible, stable and toxic chemical compounds, and common in the farm environment – surviving in many places and on many different types of feed sources.
More than 500 different types of mycotoxins including DON, Aflatoxin, Fumonisin and more have been identified to date and most animal feedstuffs are likely to be contaminated with multiple mycotoxins.
The growth of molds, and subsequent mycotoxin production, are influenced by a range of factors such as environmental conditions, temperature, (hot/cool), moisture (wet/dry) and agronomic practices. However, mycotoxins can also be produced by molds when other stress conditions occur to the host plant or the mold such as insect damage or poor storage conditions.
Ever present in the farm environment and a potential threat to the productivity of even the best-run livestock production operations, mycotoxin contamination should now be on every feed producer and farmer’s radar.
In the fight against the symptoms of mycotoxins, Alltech has developed a world-leading Mycotoxin Management program built around a combination of mycotoxin testing, detailed analysis and insights, technical support and specific nutritional technologies.
Detection Methods of Mycotoxins
Having an accurate assessment of the mycotoxin risk and mycotoxin levels in animal feed is key to choosing the appropriate nutritional technology, and the development of an overall effective mycotoxin management program. Mycotoxins can often be the hidden challenge on farms and in feed mills, but with the Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis, they cannot remain hidden for long.
The Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis test is the cornerstone of our mycotoxin control program and between our labs in the USA and Ireland, we have analysed over 42,000 samples, each searching for over 40 mycotoxins in animal feed.
Alltech 37+® test results provide a realistic picture of feed contaminants in feed ingredients, forages, finished feeds or total mixed rations with the aim of:
- Speeding up the process of diagnosis
- Providing accurate suggestions for effective remediation.
- Helping move toward an effective mycotoxin control plan.
Alltech® RAPIREAD™ is the latest addition to our integrated system of mycotoxin analysis tools that provide producers with the insights required to make the most effective decisions when it comes to mitigating the mycotoxin threat.
The system highights real-time mycotoxin contamination on-farm and in the feed mill, providing you with 24/7 online access to detailed results and analysis – all helping to maintain production efficiency, profitability and animal health.
Alltech® RAPIREAD™ system consists of:
Suitable for testing individual grains and forages, accurate results can currently be determined for Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin, Zearalenone, DON, T2/HT-2 Toxins, Fumonisin and Ergot.
Alltech® RAPIREAD™ mobile App
Linked to the Raptor testing device, the Alltech® RAPIREAD™ mobile app allows users to submit mycotoxin test requests and subsequently view the results of your test within the same App. The easy to use appapp provides a portable and speedy way to understand the mycotoxin risk in the feedmill or on-farm.
Why choose Alltech Mycotoxin Management?
- A holistic Mycotoxin Management program that helps producers address the whole challenge, from the farm to the feed mill, and from risk assessment to feed management.
- Over 25 years of dedicated scientific research and innovation in the area of mycotoxin management.
- A complete range of nutritional technologies to address specific feedstuff challenges and different growth stages within various species.
- Make the most informed decisions by using the latest technology for mycotoxin risk identification, data analysis and insights generation. Ability to deliver both rapid testing and more comprehensive laboratory-based mycotoxin detection.
- A global team delivering the latest in mycotoxin research, knowledge transfer and technical support; all helping to ensure the health and productivity of animals, and the contribution to a safer food supply chain for the end consumer.
To find out more, please visit www.knowmycotoxins.com.