Mycotoxin predictions across Europe
Climate changes introduce several challenges for crop production due to the fact that it promotes a higher mycotoxin contamination, which ultimately can have a huge negative impact on animal health.
Increased abortions, poor feed digestion, liver and kidney damage, a lowered feed intake – only make up a small part of the problems caused by mycotoxins. A full 68% of all samples (analyzed for at least two mycotoxins) in the first semester of 2020 contained more than one mycotoxin (Source: Biomin).
Aflatoxins and Fumonisins producing moulds thrive better in a hot climate, while moderate climate conditions are more suitable for Zearalenon and DON.
Analyzing feed for mycotoxins is one of the possibilities to determine the risk. But due to an uneven distribution, masked mycotoxins, sampling and analysis errors, it is not a guarantee. In addition it is not always possible to analyze all feed before it is used.
How do we handle this problem?
You can use a mycotoxin binder at a preventive dosage. If any symptoms of intoxication arise, a treatment dosage should be applied.
We also recommend to use occurrence predictions in order to evaluate the risk levels of different mycotoxins in advance and make an informed choice of a mycotoxin eliminating product.
Weather data, drought and measurements of rainfalls at flowering and pre-harvest together with monitoring of harvest and stored grain are the main parameters to build the models of expected crop contamination upon.
In many parts of Europe it is expected that wheat and corn will be contaminated with mycotoxins at potentially harmful levels. See below estimations for different countries (Source: Data from Biomin)
* Data is an average for each country – could variate a lot among regions. Please contact us at Vilomix to get more knowledge at local mycotoxin levels.
** The risk of Aflatoxins presence is over 90% in The Southern part of Ukraine.
*** The percentage chance of exceeding threshold concentrations (150 ppb DON, 500 ppb FUM, 50 ppb ZEN,2 ppb aflatoxins)
Data shows that DON is at the highest risk - especially in corn.
Recommendations from Vilomix on the use of toxin binders
At Vilomix we recommend to include a toxin binder in the feed like this:
1 kg X-Bond Standard for growing pigs/1 kg X-Bond Premium for sows for wheat based feed
1,5 kg X-Bond Standard for growing pigs/1,5 kg X-Bond Premium for sows for corn based feed
You can read more on our triple effect toxin binder X-bond here