Webinar: Expected mycotoxin impact on animal feed and production due to current grain storage conditions

As part of a webinar hosted by Neogen, Anco Animal Nutrition Competence presented the latest knowledge on the economic impact of mycotoxins on animal production and pets. The focus was on deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone and T2-toxin, which are mycotoxins that, based on Neogen surveys, are currently seen at high levels in corn in several parts of the US.

To view a recorded version of the webinar, please click on the video link in the image below.

Dr. Gwendolyn Jones from Anco, highlighted: “Guidelines on mycotoxin tolerance in feed can help to assess the risk, but differ between countries and don’t consider the effect of co-contamination. Recent data from meta-analysis studies including up to 98 scientific trials per species can help to get an objective view on the commercial impact of mycotoxins. Negative impacts of DON on maintenance requirements and feed efficiency in pigs, poultry and ruminants should not be ignored.”

Dr. Duarte Diaz, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, presented information explaining the background to the trends showing increases in mycotoxin prevalence in grains.

Dr. Duarte Diaz is a well-known expert in the field of mycotoxins. His research for the past 15 years has focused on the effects of mycotoxins on agriculture. In 2005 he served as editor of “The Mycotoxin Blue Book”, a publication that focuses on the applied impact of mycotoxins on agriculture. The book has sold over 5000 copies and is widely considered an important reference on the subject.

Neogen is a leading company in the field of diagnostics for food and animal feed safety with a worldwide presence. The company now has more than 200 diagnostic tests to offer customers.

Pat Frasco, director of sales milling, grain and pet food at Neogen, reported during the webinar: “DON is currently very prevalent in corn at levels of 5, 10 ppm and greater. Iowa reported Zearalenone levels as high as 1300 ppb in corn.”

For more up to date information on current mycotoxin levels in grains follow the  Neogen Monday mycotoxin report

Anco FIT is gaining tracks in the US

The Anco FIT product line was introduced to the US market by ADM Animal nutrition September last year.

Since then Anco FIT showed promising results in several field trials with pigs and dairy cows in the US: Feedback so far was improved growth rates in nursery pigs and in dairy cows increased milk butterfat and protein, as well as decreased somatic cell counts.

Anco FIT is a gut agility activator designed to empower pigs and ruminants to deal with nutritional stress factors more efficiently. Applied to diets Anco FIT helps to manage consistency in the cost-effectiveness of diets.

Anco FIT Poultry, a formulation specifically developed for application in poultry diets, was launched at the IPPE in Atlanta. Results from a university trial showed, that Anco FIT Poultry improves metabolic efficiency in broilers and increases the European production efficiency factor (EPEF) in an economical way. Improved antioxidative capacity and carcass yields were also reported with Anco FIT Poultry.

Following the IPPE in Atlanta Gwendolyn Jones from Anco travelled with Ruben Beltran, Joe Berry and John Weston from ADM Animal Nutrition, introducing the Anco FIT product line to further producers and key opinion leaders in the poultry and swine industry.

Ruben Beltran, Product Manager at ADM comments: “We are pleased to see that Anco FIT is gaining interest in the US market and we have already received positive feedback from several producers on the benefits of the product in their production systems. We will continue offering multiple strategies and products to help our customers meet the challenges they face.”

Anco team is growing with Marco Aurelio Nunes in LATAM

Marco Aurelio Nunes joins the ANCO team as technical sales manager for the Latin American markets. He has 22 years of production and commercial experience in the animal health and feed industry with a focus on the Latin American market. His previous roles included technical, sales and R&D positions.

In his new role, Marco will provide technical support to customers of ANCO products in Latin American markets, including Brazil.

Marco graduated from the University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho – Campus de Jaboticabal in Sao Paulo with a veterinary science degree.

The ANCO team will benefit from his technical expertise and is excited to gain his contribution to the growth of the business in Latin America.

Marco Aurelio Nunes comments on his new challenge: “I am looking forward to be part of the ANCO team and support animal and feed producers in the LATAM markets with the very interesting concept of Gut Agility.”