Nutritional Articles

Effects of feeding a blend of grains naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins on feed intake, metabolism, and indices of athletic performance of exercised horses

Published: 2005-10-05

Brief content of the article
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of feeding blends of grains naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins to mature, exercised horses, and to test the efficacy of a polymeric glucomannan mycotoxin adsorbent in preventing Fusarium mycotoxicoses. Six horses were fed 3 concentrates 1) manage; 2) blend of contaminated grains; and 3) contaminated grains + 0.2 % adsorbent. Exercise tests were also performed. Feed intake by horses fed contaminated grains was decreased compared with controls throughout the experiments and the researchers did not observe a clear beneficial effect of the absorbent tested. A full abstract can be found on http://www.animal-science.org.
Keywords: Deoxynivalenol; Fusaric acid; Fusarium; Mycotoxins.

Reference
Raymond, S.L., Smith, T.K., Swamy, H.V.L.N. 2005. Effects of feeding a blend of grains naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins on feed intake, metabolism, and indices of athletic performance of exercised horses. J. Anim. Sci. 83: 1267-1273.

Website and publisher
http://www.animal-science.org.