Original article written Manuel Contreras, veterinarian at Special Nutrients, USA.
A common concern facing feed mills and poultry production facilities around the world consists of determining if the mycotoxins present in feed ingredients or in the rations are affecting performance. Producers that have already decided to use anti-mycotoxins additives, wonder if their decision is economically wise. Considering that mycotoxins detection in feed frequently provides inconsistent results, due to their uneven distribution, one practical approach for evaluation is the identification of lesions in the slaughter houses.
This search will confirm their presence for companies that may have any doubts about their existence and will also serve to demonstrate if the preventive measures taken are effective. In this article we will review some of the macroscopic changes present in the birds affected by mycotoxins with the objective of offering another tool to evaluate their incidence. It is important to emphasize that besides evaluating these lesions, performance results must be taken into consideration in any type of evaluation.Read the full article here