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Kemin’s Solutions To Mycotoxin Reduction In Pigs

For over a decade we have tackled the challenges of mycotoxins and contaminated feed within the pig industry.

Sadly, we know that mycotoxins can have a damaging effect on pigs and, therefore, on production. These secondary metabolites of fungi (molds) have varying toxic properties and unfortunately, the consequences of mycotoxins (or clinical mycotoxicosis) are not always clear. We often see the more indirect effects of mycotoxin contamination, for example, lowered immune systems in pigs, which can lead to an increase in disease.

That’s why at Kemin, we strive to strengthen the immune system of pigs to prevent them, as far as possible, from negative mycotoxin effects. And we do this from the onset and by safeguarding organs and tissues — thus mitigating performance and productivity losses as far as we possibly can.

Kemin’s Solutions To Mycotoxin Reduction In Pigs

Mycotoxins can contaminate almost all agricultural ingredients and this is the reason why we believe it’s so important to control them. Even the smallest instance of mycotoxins can impair a pig’s intestinal health, immune function, and/or pathogen fitness, resulting in altered host-pathogen interactions and therefore a higher susceptibility to disease. Moreover, mycotoxins can impact the effectiveness of vaccinations and can also lead to a range of pathological problems i.e. toxicity in the liver and kidney as well as estrogenic responses which are very problematic for sows and their piglets. In turn, all of this, unfortunately, leads to productivity losses.

It’s important to know that feeding pigs a Fusarium (T-2, DON) mycotoxin-contaminated diet increases the susceptibility to salmonella. The pathogenicity of E. Coli, ETEC, as well as SEPEC, in pigs is increased when pigs are fed a mycotoxin-contaminated diet. Respiratory disease in pigs is often caused by the combined effects of a range of pathogens and predisposing factors. For instance, one predisposing factor is fumonisins — well-known for causing pulmonary edema in pigs and this may consequently facilitate M. hyopneumoniae infection, a primary pathogen resulting in respiratory diseases in pigs.

Further to this, mycotoxins promote the incidence of PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) — one of the most challenging problems for farms since it significantly impacts a pig’s productivity in comparison to other syndromes. What is more, is that the exposure of piglets to fumonisins increases their risk for PRRSV disease.

Sadly, our research has shown an underestimation of mycotoxins due to:

  • Incorrect sampling due to the occurrence of hotspots;
  • Masked mycotoxins — mycotoxins bound to components in feed, such as sugars, escape analyzes but remain toxic to the animal;
  • Emerging mycotoxins are not routinely analyzed, in particular, those found in silages.

Learn more about Mycotoxin Management in our digital brochure

Protecting pigs from the potentially negative effects of mycotoxins is key. Therefore, we provide total scientific support through our innovative services and extensive research on the topic of mycotoxins.

This is done through our unique Mycotoxin Management Toolbox — the product of over a decade of industry experience and research.

Role of TOXFIN - Mycotoxin Management Toolbox

Kemin’s complete Mycotoxin Management Toolbox 

Our unique toolbox helps us support animal nutritionists and health specialists when it comes to ensuring safe and top-notch feed formulations — leading to healthier pigs and improved profitability.

Our Mycotoxin Management Toolbox comprises 3 main activities supporting you by:

  1. Mitigating Risk - our Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) helps you with extensive mycotoxin Feed Analyses;
  2. Protecting the Animal - our TOXFIN® range of products supports you in the mitigation of mycotoxins in pigs;
  3. Enabling Feed Control - our Myco CURB® is a premier product in pig feed preservation and mold control in feed. 

1. Mitigating Risk

Kemin’s Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) helps you when it comes to the overall reduction of mycotoxin risks in pigs, and comprises:

  • On-farm evaluation of mycotoxin raw materials:
    • Fast testing;
    • Quick and effective raw material screening.
  • Profound finished feed laboratory services:
    • Various mycotoxin evaluation;
    • Variety of matrices;
    • Specific and precise measurements;
    • Full mycotoxin risk assessment.
  • Prediction of requirements of mycotoxin binder;
  • Mycotoxins today:
    • Thousands of mycotoxin analyses;
    • Regional mycotoxin data;
    • Seasonal mycotoxin data;
    • Risk assessment;
    • Benchmarking.

2. Kemin’s TOXFIN Range tackles mycotoxins in pigs

New insights on mycotoxins come about daily. Hence, at Kemin, this means we need to be on top of the latest developments to adapt these into tangible and effective solutions supporting you in the reduction of mycotoxins in pigs.

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Our TOXFIN range provides you with the below solutions to lessen the impact of mycotoxins and further the production of safe feed:

  • TOXFIN Dry - TOXFIN Dry offers cost-effective protection with a Synergistic Binder, for fattening pig production. TOXFIN Dry is a carefully selected blend of unique activated adsorbents (e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling the European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder) that binds the relevant mycotoxins along the gastrointestinal tract — reducing mycotoxin bioavailability and promoting their excretion from the pig’s body.
  • TOXFIN XL - TOXFIN XL offers effective protection with a specialized synergistic binder, for reproduction issues caused by ZEA in sows. TOXFIN XL is a carefully selected blend of unique activated adsorbents (e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling the European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder) fortified with specifically activated argillaceous minerals that bind all relevant mycotoxins along the gastrointestinal tract. This reduces mycotoxin bioavailability and promotes their excretion from the animal’s body.
  • TOXFIN CARE - Kemin’s TOXFIN CARE is the best protection for your sow and piglet production with the following key benefits. TOXFIN CARE: 
    • Offers thorough protection against mycotoxins using an all-in-one strategy;
    • Reduces the bioavailability of mycotoxins with a unique adsorbent blend ((e.g. bentonite (1m558) fulfilling European Regulation 1060/2013 as an aflatoxin B1 binder);
    • Prevents oxidative stress using plants extracts;
    • Supports and protects the liver through plants extracts;
    • Modulates the immune system using a unique algae-derived beta-glucan.
TOXFIN Dry - Product Information - EU
TOXFIN XL - Product Information - EU
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3. Myco CURB — Kemin’s mold inhibitor to preserve grains

Kemin’s Myco CURB is our effective mold inhibitor that works towards preserving grains and preventing mycotoxin contamination. Stabilization of the grains and oilseeds with Myco CURB helps establish optimal nutritive value in feed and provides natural overall protection. The main advantages of Myco CURB are that it:

  • Inhibits mold — Myco CURB preserves feed and raw materials from mold contamination, and therefore mycotoxin production;
  • Drastically diminishes and controls total mold counts and mites;
  • Contributes significantly to the success of Good Storage Practices, minimizing the risk of grain deterioration and adjusting the protection following risk factors;
  • Provides merchants and farmers with an economical alternative processing solution at harvest for cereals and oilseeds. It is possible to harvest grain at the optimum ripening time, hence providing increased flexibility;
  • Ensures treated grain is safely stored and has an extended shelf-life after further processing. If the cereal is rolled, the appearance is ideal and robust for coarsely mixed diets.
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Kemin’s Customer Laboratory Services (CLS) supports you in conserving your feed safety and quality. And we do this through our Routine Mycotoxin Screening of Feed Samples. During this process, we repeatedly screen thousands of feed and raw material samples. This enables us to generate a massive database, which additionally demonstrates regional and seasonal mycotoxin contaminations. All data are captured in area-specific surveys. Furthermore, after this extensive and detailed screening, a tailor-made prevention program to tackle mycotoxins is created for you. 

Read more about our Routine Mycotoxin Screening of Feed Samples here