There are numerous economic consequences associated with mycotoxins in ruminant production that are very serious. Mycotoxins damage intestinal tissue, which reduces nutrient absorption. They also impair liver, kidney, reproductive, and immune function, which reduces the performance of the animal.
The consequences, however, don't stop there. Mycotoxins may be responsible for a range of diseases and can be transferred from the food the animal is given to the meat and eggs that they produce. Humans can then eat those infected foods.
Some efforts in counteracting the mycotoxins include clays and modified glucans. However, the use of clays causes unnecessary nutrient and vitamin absorption that can't be used by the animal. Therefore, the use of these clays has been limited in the past few years. The best preventions of mycotoxins is maintaining a clean trough and keeping silage and grains fresh.
The use of Epic II CL and Karbo Flour+ or Karbo Pellets+ or Karbo Combo+ has been very useful and successful in helping the animal's own immune system combat the devastating effects of mycotoxins. In many cases, year round feeding of these products at low levels is a must to prevent toxic conditions.