While the byproducts from ethanol production such as dried distillers grains offer a great source of protein for livestock, they can also offer some feeding challenges. One of the most serious is the increased concentration of mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are toxic materials in grains that are harmful when fed to animals. Even in low doses, they can cause such production challenges as reduced feed intake, lameness, slowed growth, and in rare cases, death.

Mycotoxins are naturally-occurring toxins found in the grain caused by problems such as drought and improper ensiling. The toxins are stored in the fibrous outer shell of corn and are typically present in minute amounts.

While there is no known way to prevent the formation of mycotoxins, proper drying and storage techniques of ethanol byproducts used for livestock feed are a good defense. Also, the use of a quality mycotoxin control agent can be beneficial to ensure animal health.

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