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THE WESTERN PRODUCER: Mycotoxin Testing Urged Despite Dry Year on Prairies
Livestock producers are urged to test feed for toxins and mold that can cause cattle to lose weight and lead to reduced milk production. Farmers should be testing their grains and forages for mycotoxins before feeding them to livestock, says an animal nutrition company. Canadian harvest samples submitted for Alltech’s 2017 analysis show that grains and forages contained mixtures of mycotoxins such as deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEA) and T-2/HT-2.
“On average there was higher levels of DON than previous years,” said Alexandra Weaver, Alltech’s mycotoxin management technical specialist.
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