1. Know yourself -- what type of nutritionist are you?

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Of course, as a nutritionist you have guidelines you can follow in terms of nutrient requirements by species and production stage to help you formulate diets in a cost-efficient way. But when it comes to functional additives and controlling dietary risks other factors come into play, when you are making decisions on what to include ...

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2. Take appropriate action for mycotoxin risk management

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Several meta-analysis studies have proven the negative impact of mycotoxins in feed on animal performance. In the USA, the economic cost due to some of the most common mycotoxins is estimated to be USD 900 million per year. Having a plan for mycotoxin risk management and putting appropriate tools into action can therefore make a difference ...

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3. Learn about the stress reactions mycotoxins cause in animals

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Many trials have proven the significant negative impact of mycotoxins on performance in pigs and poultry. Looking at the effects of mycotoxins at a cellular level, it is becoming obvious that many stress reactions seen to mycotoxins in animals are those commonly seen in response to other stressors.

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4.Test your knowledge on mycotoxins

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Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites formed naturally by moulds on crops and forages in the field and during storage after harvest. In food and feed they pose a potential threat to human and animal health. Fusarium, Penicillum and Aspergillus moulds are the main sources producing a variety of different types of mycotoxins.

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5. Understand how the most common mycotoxin in feed (DON) affects appetite

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A well known response to the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is a reduction in feed intake. This is particularly the case in pigs. According to a meta-analysis (Andretta et al 2012) DON reduces feed intake by 26% in pigs.

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