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Toxin ALERT!

Tips for preventing Vomitoxin in livestock feed

  • Vomitoxin is a mycotoxin naturally produced by fungus in the form of molds in plants that may able hazardous to human and animal health if consumed in the feed.

  • Typically the most susceptible species are pigs and cattle.

  • Clinical signs -

  • Cattle: reduced feed intake and milk production followed by diarrhea and metabolic issues

  • Pigs: reduced feed intake and decreased growth along with vomiting and reproductive issues.

  • In the corn crop the ears can get moldy due to a cool wet growing season or a dry growing season followed by wet weather.

  • In wheat the mold is most often produced during warm and wet weather at the time of harvest.

  • Testing of your feedstuff can be done at your local Southern States.

  • Contact your local extension agent for information about how to collect appropriate samples of feed for testing.

  • The best prevention method is testing the feed before outbreaks and production losses occur in your herd. Take action to improve your herd today.

For more information:

Harvesting Scabby Wheat and Dealing with DON Corn Quality Issues in 2018

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Louisa, Virginia 23093

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