Dairy Day and Young Scientists Forum at World Mycotoxin Forum

10-05-2022 | |
Dairy Day will bring a country-specific look to mycotoxins. Photo: Brecht Denil
Dairy Day will bring a country-specific look to mycotoxins. Photo: Brecht Denil

A Dairy Day expert conversation will follow a Young Scientist Forum hosted by Selko, the feed additive brand of Trouw Nutrition, Nutreco’s livestock feed business, during the World Mycotoxin Forum 13th Congress in Parma, Italy.

During the World Mycotoxin Forum, representatives of Trouw Nutrition and its Selko brand will present mycotoxin research findings including 8 scientific posters. Furthermore, findings from studies assessing mycotoxin prevalence in 4 geographic regions will be particularly relevant.

Mycotoxin-specific effects

During a keynote address, Dr Swamy Haladi, technical manager for the mycotoxin risk management programme, will present his views on putting science into practice. “Understanding mycotoxin-specific effects will help to formulate a feed strategy that can not only bind certain mycotoxins but also effectively manage the negative effects of mycotoxins,” says Haladi.

“Although animal toxicity studies are limited in relation to emerging and masked mycotoxins, the feed industry is encouraged to investigate these toxins more seriously as unfolding their toxicity will explain much about the mystery surrounding mycotoxins.”

Dairy Day highlights grain and ruminant feed

Trouw Nutrition Italy is arranging a Dairy Day on 19 May, which will bring a country-specific look to mycotoxins. Dr Sabrina Locatelli of CREA de Bergamo will share trends relevant to contamination levels in Italy’s crops and offer perspective on toxins in primary grains and ruminant feed.

Professor Antonio Gallo from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza will discuss the main mycotoxins in corn silage and TMR, their effects on milk production, and findings from university studies evaluating the efficacy of a solution to manage Fusarium mycotoxin contamination.

“As compared to monogastric animals, the antioxidant system of ruminant animals, especially in dairy cows seems to be under great threat from mycotoxins. Mitigation strategies in this species must look at this key area more closely,” says Haladi, who will speak on mitigation strategies at this event.

Young Scientist Forum seeks future professionals’ insights

The Young Scientist Forum, scheduled for 17 May, will connect young scientists, researchers and students to imagine and collaborate on strategies for managing mycotoxin risk. During a brainstorming and idea exchange session, participants will consider how emerging insights may lead to new solutions for sustainable livestock production amid challenges of extreme weather incidents and volatile commodity markets. Attendees will also consider how climate change is influencing the increased formation of mycotoxins and look at how monitoring and prediction systems can support mycotoxin management efforts.

Freelance correspondent