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