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Understanding the Basics of Feed Hygiene

The ability to protect raw materials and finished feeds from harmful contaminants is crucial to ensure animal performance. Bacteria, mold, mycotoxins and aflatoxins rob ingredients of their value to the animal. By improving the microbiological quality of the feed, animals can utilize the full nutritional benefit of each ingredient with lowered risk for sickness. In addition to the benefits of strong animal performance, controlling pathogenic presence in feed can reduce the risk of farm-born diseases to public health. Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume.

Feed ingredients and finished feeds are susceptible to microbial contamination (Fungi, Salmonella, E. coli, etc.). This risk is present during harvest, storage, transport and feed production. Therefore, controlling pathogenic microorganisms in raw materials and feed at the very beginning of the production cycle (feed mill) is crucial to achieve an effective gut health management program.

Raw materials and feeds constitutes as one of the most imporatnt causes of microbial contamination, such as Salmonella and E.coli. Inclusion rate of the ingredients also plays a role in accessing the relative risk factor of contamination.

Quality of Raw Material Analysis

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