Trouw Nutrition brings together young scientists at the Global Mycotoxin Forum and organizes Dairy Day to examine mycotoxins


Trouw Nutrition brings together young scientists at the Global Mycotoxin Forum and organizes Dairy Day to examine mycotoxins

May 05, 2022

Selko, the feed additive brand of Trouw Nutrition, Nutreco’s livestock feed business, will host a Young Scientists Forum at the 13th World Mycotoxin Forum (WMF) Congress in Parma, Italy, and a expert conversation on Dairy Day after the forum.

During WMF, representatives from Trouw Nutrition and its Selko brand will present the results of mycotoxin research, including eight science posters. The results of studies assessing the prevalence of mycotoxins in four geographic regions will be particularly relevant given the extreme volatility in world grain markets. In a keynote address, Dr. Swamy Haladi, Technical Manager of the Mycotoxin Risk Management Program, will present his perspective on putting science into practice.

“Understanding the specific effects of mycotoxins will help formulate a feeding strategy that can not only bind certain mycotoxins, but also effectively manage the negative effects of mycotoxins,” says Dr. Haladi. “Although animal toxicity studies are limited with regard to emerging and hidden mycotoxins, the animal feed industry is encouraged to investigate these toxins more seriously, as unveiling their toxicity will largely explain the mystery surrounding mycotoxins.”

Young Scientists Forum solicits ideas from future professionals

The Young Scientists Forum, which will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CET on Tuesday, May 17, will bring together young scientists, researchers and students to imagine and collaborate on mycotoxin risk management strategies. During brainstorming and an exchange of ideas, participants will examine how emerging ideas can lead to new solutions for sustainable animal production. As extreme weather events become more frequent and commodity markets remain volatile, participants will explore sustainable solutions to manage mycotoxins in the face of these challenges.

During small group discussions, participants will examine how climate change is influencing increased mycotoxin formation and examine how monitoring and forecasting systems can support mycotoxin management efforts.

“During the forum, we aim to get feedback from young professionals on how industry stakeholders can collaborate to effectively and sustainably reduce the risk of mycotoxins,” says Pedro Caramona, Feed Safety & Quality Program Manager. of Selko. “Their contribution will also provide valuable information to guide future research priorities.”

Dairy Day highlights grains and feeds for ruminants

As Parma, Italy hosts the WMF, Trouw Nutrition Italy is hosting a dairy day on May 19, which will provide a country-specific look at mycotoxins. Dr. Sabrina Locatelli from CREA Bergamo will share trends in contamination levels in Italian crops and provide perspective on toxins in primary cereals and ruminant feed.

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

“Compared to monogastric animals, the antioxidant system of ruminants, in particular dairy cows, seems to be strongly threatened by mycotoxins. Mitigation strategies in this species need to take a closer look at this key area,” says Dr. Swamy Haladi, who will speak on mitigation strategies at this event. Trouw Nutrition is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 Global Mycotoxin Forum.

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