A mycotoxin adsorbent, developed to be effective against the 11 most commonly occurring mycotoxins in animal feeds, has been launched to market by UFAC-UK.
Combining activated clay minerals with glycerine, the company claims that Mycotrap offers enhanced mycotoxin control and improved liver function when added to cow rations.
Mycotoxins are produced by moulds and fungi that colonise feedstuffs. Even at low levels they will reduce cow performance.
“Herds will benefit from including supplements in the diet that bind or adsorb the toxins, rendering them inactive and excretable, and reducing the risk of mycotoxicosis,” says the company’s Mike Chown.
Independent test show that the product has good binding capacity for a broad range of economically damaging and commonly occurring mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, fumonisin, DON and ZEN.
“It is proven to be effective at all the pH ranges found throughout the gastrointestinal tract in ruminants,” adds Mr Chown.
The product contains a mineral complex that effectively adsorbs the majority of mycotoxins known to cause reduced productivity and increased disease risks in all livestock.
“As well as minimising the risk of mycotoxin poisoning, it has been developed to help the animal cope with the consequences of mycotoxin poisoning with the inclusion of glycerine.”
As a precursor of glucose, the addition of glycerine helps boost the animal’s energy supply to fight infections by supporting recovery of the immune system.
“Glycerine also helps to minimise the deterioration of feeds caused by the moulds, which produce mycotoxins by inhibiting mould growth in both feeds and mixed rations.
“The product offers producers a two-pronged approach to preventing mycotoxins from reducing livestock performance and productivity. It minimises the initial risk and helps the animal to resist any challenge.”
The typical feed rate for cattle is 25g per head per day, at a cost of around 6p per cow per day.