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Moulds and mycotoxins can be hidden hazards in feed, says ruminant nutritionist Amanda Van de Kerckhove.

Mycotoxins — the invisible danger for livestock

Ruminant nutritionist offers tips to ensure feed doesn’t pose a health hazard to your cattle

Mould and mycotoxins can be tricky, but there are a few tips that can help prevent them from hurting your cattle. That was the message that Amanda Van De Kerckhove, ruminant nutritionist with Co-op Feeds, brought to Northlands’ first BeefTech event. “It can be a little overwhelming when you look at all the factors that […] Read more

Ergot looks like blackened wheat seeds, and can easily contaminate feeds, causing lactation issues, lameness, and weight loss.

Test that feed — expert says ergot contamination on the rise

Last year’s wet spring has left a potential deadly legacy and ‘it doesn’t take much’ ergot to cause serious problems


Ergot-contaminated feed is on the rise and producers need to be testing to avoid poisoning their livestock. “Last year at this time, we were running 20 to 40 samples a month for ergot — we’ve had days this year where we run 40 samples, and lots of them are high concentration,” said Barry Blakley, a […] Read more