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Toxins could be present in ensiled corn

Watch for the presence of mycotoxins when feeding ensiled corn. When the toxins T-2, HT-2 and DON (vomitoxin) are present, cattle will reduce the amount of feed they eat, said provincial veterinary toxicologist Joe Kendall.

“However, if you ensile the standing crop with the mycotoxins present, you are mixing good and contaminated feed together so that the cows cannot be selective about what they are eating,” he said.

Ingesting mycotoxins can cause blisters in the mouth, hemorrhages in the GI tract, and abortions. It can also suppress the immune system.

Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon offers a $65 feed test.

Call 306-966-7316 or email [email protected] for more info.

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