Aug 28, 2014
Home| Tools| Events| Blogs| Discussions Sign UpLogin

Drought Brings Aflatoxin Danger

September 17, 2012
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor
 
 

 Droughty growing conditions increase the risk of aflatoxin on corn and other feeds, which in turn can be passed into the milk.

Aflatoxin is a known carcinogen for both humans and livestock, and the Food and Drug Administration prohibits the sale of milk with more than 0.5 parts per billion (ppb).

Already, some dairy farmers in Illinois have had milk rejected because it contained more than this level, says Mike Hutjens with the University of Illinois.

Hutjens and Jim Baltz, also with U of I, have put together a 9 ½ minute video on identifying and managing aflatoxin. Hutjens notes that lactating rations can contain no more than 20 ppb of aflatoxin, since dairy cows excrete one to two percent of the aflatoxin in their feed into milk.

Hutjens recommends testing feed for aflatoxin prior to feeding. If contaminated, the feed should be diluted with wholesome forages or grains. Flow agents, or myctoxin binders, can be added as well. Ammoniation of the feed will neutralize aflatoxin, but ammoniated feed cannot be sold for human food or transported across state lines.

For much more detail on managing aflatoxin, cick here to view the video.
 

See Comments


 
Log In or Sign Up to comment

COMMENTS

No comments have been posted



Name:

Comments:

Receive the latest news, information and commentary customized for you. Sign up to receive the AgWeb Daily eNewsletter today!.

 
 
Enter Zip Code below to view live local results:
bayer
 
 
The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by AmericanEagle.com|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions