The cow can cope – or can it?
Most people working with cattle agree that ruminants are capable of neutralising many occurrences of mycotoxins. But often there is a price to pay:
When the cow neutralises toxins, it costs energy that could otherwise have been used to produce milk. The immune system is overloaded, and the cow reacts with a high cell count. The overload increases in line with using feed with a high mycotoxin content over several months.
The recommendation is therefore to be extra aware of the need to use a low dose toxin binder as an insurance against the worst toxin occurrences.
If you suspect that your cattle is exposed to mycotoxins, learn more in this video on what to look out for when our cattle nutritionist explains the burden on the cow when exposed to mycotoxins in the feed.