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Alltech analysis sees high levels of aflatoxin in corn samples across Central and Eastern Europe

Turbulent weather across Europe, including drought, throughout the 2021 growing season has directly impacted the presence of molds and mycotoxins in new crop grains and forages, said the US headquartered company.

The 2021 Alltech European Harvest Analysis sees the company collaborating, for the first time, with SGS, a world leader in mycotoxin testing services.

Combining these resources with findings provided by the Alltech 37+ mycotoxin analytical services laboratory, this year’s analysis offers the most comprehensive insights yet, it reported.

The results are based on 1,194 samples of barley, wheat, corn, corn silage, grass silage, alfalfa haylage, triticale, straw and whole crop silage – wheat and barley.

“The samples were collected from farms or animal feed production sites across Europe and offer a representative picture of the contamination risk in all regions, with an overall moderate to high risk.

“Across all samples, there was an average of 4.34 mycotoxins detected, with 98.5% containing at least one mycotoxin and 86,1% containing two or more mycotoxins.”

Likely impact on livestock production

Pig producers should be aware, said Alltech, that the corn risk level, based on the average risk equivalent quantity (REQ) for breeding sows and young piglets, is deemed to be moderate to high, while the risk coming from small grain – wheat and barley – is low, with certain pockets of moderate to high risk. 

When the mycotoxin corn contamination levels are applied to poultry, the mycotoxin risk for breeding birds, broilers and layers is moderate, while the risk coming from small grain is low, it added.

In ruminants, the results from the corn and forage samples analyzed so far indicate a moderate to high risk in dairy cows, said the firm. 


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