Disease challenges, heat stress, cold weather and poor management can cause reductions in animal performance. However, not all causes of reduced performance are easily identified. Mycotoxins can be a hidden thief of livestock performance.
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by molds that can impair animal health and cause serious economic consequences - even at low levels. When animals are fed grain, a constant risk exists to the exposure of mycotoxin-producing molds. Most toxins are formed on the grain, seed and forage in the fields, but they may also occur during harvesting, processing, transportation and storage. Some growing seasons may be more severe than others because field and growing conditions affect the activity of molds on crops. Stressful conditions, such as drought, excessive moisture and insect damage, stimulate mold activity and potentially increase mycotoxin production.
TOXIBAN® feed additives have been shown to help manage the effects of mycotoxins in feed and in animal performance. The TOXIBAN product family has shown to improve growth performance, reproductive performance, feed conversion and appearance in livestock consuming feeds containing elevated levels of mycotoxins.