Mycotoxins in cattle
PRACTICAL FACTS AND FIGURES
All over the world, mycotoxins impact animals and humans alike. In animal production, they are of particular concern in certain sectors, such as pork and poultry, species that are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of these food contaminants.
Cattle are generally considered less susceptible, given the degradation and even inactivation of mycotoxins in the rumen. However, this protective capacity is not foolproof.
The issue of mycotoxins in beef and dairy herds is complex and raises many questions. At the farm level, the problem is not easy to identify, let alone manage.
Researchers are showing an increasing interest in the topic, but many questions remain unanswered. Without going in-depth, this report is representative of the current evidence available.
The goal was to provide practical and factual information to make recommendations, take appropriate actions and implement the correct prevention practices.
This report will provide producers, stakeholders, agronomists and veterinarians with the necessary elements to analyze the situation and make informed decisions.
- What are the sources of contamination?
- What are the most common mycotoxins in cattle?
- Can feeds be contaminated with several mycotoxins at the same time?
- What are the effects of mycotoxins in cattle?
- Why perform laboratory tests?
- When is it appropriate to perform lab tests?
- What kind of tests are available?
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