Mycotoxins, toxic compounds produced by mold growth in feed ingredients, have been rampant as weather stress plagued many crops throughout the 2022 growing season. While not all mold is detrimental to livestock consumption, several mycotoxins specifically affect swine. Often difficult to detect, concentrations of the mold are often found in ‘hot spots’. Additionally, the presence or absence of visible mold growth is not a reliable indicator of contamination.

Mold inhibitors can be used as a detoxification strategy and can prevent growth. However, mycotoxin binders are not effective against all mycotoxins. Producers should consult with their nutritionist and feed supplier to insure the appropriate mycotoxin defense is being implemented.

Read more on mycotoxins and their impact on swine diets here.