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Avoid negative effects of Mycotoxins using Vitafix

tue, 10 mar 2015
Mycotoxins are poisonous substances derived from moulds that can be present in arable crops. Mycotoxins can form during the growing process, after harvesting or during storage. Mycotoxins can form during the growing process as a result of certain weather conditions and soil methods. In compound feeds, Mycotoxins tend to form in grains and derived products.

Mycotoxins in feedstuffs can harm animal health in cattle, poultry and pigs, and decrease the technical results. In pigs, Mycotoxins can lead to lower feed intake, deterioration in feed conversion, fertility problems, damage to organs and higher drop-out rates, and can compromise the immune system. The extent of such effects depends, among others, on the types of Mycotoxins and their levels in feedstuffs, the exposure period, age, and the condition of the immune system. In general, young animals are more sensitive than older animals. Pigs are most sensitive to Mycotoxins; however, cattle and poultry may also experience adverse effects.

GMP action limits and rejection limits apply to the various Mycotoxins and the various animals. Mycotoxin levels below these limits do not imply that no negative effects will arise. Various Mycotoxins at lower levels can mutually reinforce the adverse health effects in the animals.

The negative effects of Mycotoxins in animals can be prevented to a great extent by including the Mycotoxins binder Vitafix in compound feed. From tests and practical experience, it is clear that in Mycotoxins situations, Vitafix has a clear positive effect on animal health and the technical results.

In recent days, relatively high levels of DON (deoxynivalenol) and ZEA (zearalenon) appear in corn of various origins and derived products. Including Vitafix in compound feeds can prevent the negative effects of these Mycotoxins.