Alltech Launches Five-Point Mycotoxin Management Program

Exposure to certain mycotoxins can cause a number of serious health problems for horses, including death.
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Molds and mycotoxins–harmful secondary compounds produced by molds that are found in the soil and vegetable matter including grains, forages, and feed–dominated headlines last year as the ever-present threat showed up in feed bunks and silage piles in the aftermath of the 2012 drought and the devastating Superstorm Sandy surge. While warnings were continuously issued on contaminated grains, many horse owners and livestock producers were left with little information on the actual risks associated with these toxins on their own farms.

With this dilemma in mind and a goal to bring the latest mycotoxin research applications to the farm level, Alltech has launched their five-point Alltech Mycotoxin Management Program. This multiple-mycotoxin control program for feedstuffs is designed to reduce risk and improve safety, while ensuring that mycotoxins do not limit livestock performance and profitability, or pose a threat to the food chain.

Alltech formed a global mycotoxin management team more than a year ago to focus on developing tools to diagnose mycotoxin risk more accurately, to create a network of mycotoxin consultants and researchers around the world and to develop technologies to manage the menace of multiple mycotoxins. This five-point approach encompasses all of the company’s efforts to redefine mycotoxin control and no longer address single mycotoxin issues but mycotoxin synergy problems.

"For three decades, we have believed that animal feed seldom contains a single mycotoxin," said Swamy Haladi, DVM, PhD, global technical director for Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team

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