Mycotoxins and Poultry
Poultry consume feed that is likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are extremely widespread in all feeds containing grains, maize, fruit and forage. Including derivatives and metabolites, there are over 500 different mycotoxins.
It is widely accepted that poultry feeds are frequently contaminated with multiple mycotoxins. When present together, these toxins can combine to increase their detrimental effects.
Complex diets and feed transitions that combine grain-based feeds all present a risk to poultry. Straw bedding can also present a significant mycotoxin risk.
Typical mycotoxin exposure results in sub acute symptoms such as reduced feed intake, poorer FCR, lower fertility, higher disease rates, and a generally lower profitability.
Birds will never reach their full potential when adversely affected by even low levels of mycotoxins.
High levels of toxins can result in acute symptoms such as elevated disease or death. Meat and eggs may also be unsuitable for human consumption for exceeding maximum permissible levels of toxins or their metabolites.
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Sources of Mycotoxins
Complex feed systems commonly used for poultry, including grain and other processed feeds in combination, present a significant risk of multiple mycotoxin exposure.
Such feeds can be commonly found to contain DON, ZON and FUM toxins, and can result in chronic health issues affecting performance and overall productivity in a flock.
Pelleting does not destroy mycotoxins. Although any mould present within the feed may be killed, any mycotoxins they have laready produced will remain.