Control of temperature and moisture to a safe storage level can be a big factor to mitigating mycotoxins in animal feed. Good storage measures can be taken to further reduce the risk of mycotoxins and mould development in the feed.

Mycotoxin exposure is a major concern in agricultural production. Feed can be contaminated by several fungal species, and infected feed impacts the performance and quality of livestock production. Although prevention of mould and mycotoxin contamination is almost impossible, producers and feed companies that adopt an integrated management programme will go a long way in mitigating the risk of contamination in the animal feed supply chain.

A team of researchers at the University of Milan, including second year PhD student Francesca Fumagalli and researchers Federica Cheli, Luciano Pinotti and Matteo Ottoboni, has come up with an innovative and integrated system for handling mycotoxins along the feed chain. Although their strategy focuses on all critical control points along the entire feed chain, farmers will want to pay special attention to recommended strategies in storage, especially at this time of year.

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