Hidden dangers in forage maize silage

UK - Is your maize testing for dry matter lower than expected? This may not be the only drawback of the hot and dry summer, with higher levels of mycotoxins due to increased incidences of the fungal disease, smut (Ustilago maydis), according to Alltech UK’s ruminant technical manager David Wilde.
calendar icon 23 October 2006
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“Smut has been reported widely in forage maize this year and is responsible for a high percentage of stunted crops,” says Mr Wilde.

“Pressure caused by smut means plants are more susceptible to moulds which present a hidden threat at feed out,” he adds.

“On its own, smut can cause diarrhoea in cows and if known to be in the silage it is vital to provide plenty of effective fibre to mitigate the effects.”

Mycotoxins can lead to a wide range of symptoms including erratic production, reduced fertility, general lethargy and swollen hocks.

Source: fwi.co.uk
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