Which grasses are high in mycotoxins

Which grasses are high in mycotoxins?

Several grass species have been associated with higher levels of mycotoxins. However, it's important to note that mycotoxin production can be influenced by various factors such as weather conditions, plant stress, and fungal contamination. Here are some grasses that have been reported to have higher potential for mycotoxin contamination: 

  • Paspalum grass: Paspalum grasses, such as Paspalum notatum and Paspalum dilatatum, have been associated with higher mycotoxin levels in some studies. 
  • Bermuda grass: Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) has been found to be susceptible to fungal contamination and subsequent mycotoxin production under certain conditions. 
  • Couch grass: Couch grass (Cynodon spp.), also known as "bermudagrass," is another species that can be vulnerable to mycotoxin contamination. 
  • Ryegrass: Ryegrass (Lolium spp.) has been implicated in mycotoxin contamination, particularly when seed heads are present. 

It's important to emphasise that mycotoxin contamination is not limited to these grass species alone. The risk of mycotoxin presence can vary depending on the specific geographical location, climate, storage conditions, and other factors. Identifying these grasses in your pasture and introducing Toxin Binder may help alleviate any symptoms and stop the development of long-term issues such as depleted minerals in the body, decreased immune function and negative impact on the kidneys, liver and liver and reproductive system.

When mycotoxins enter the body they can cause symptoms including itchy skin and/or hair loss, scabby sores, stiffness, string halt/staggers, wasted topline, sunburnt nose, persistent cough, odd sweating, coarse, dull coat, persistent greasy heel/rain scald and unexplained spookiness and dangerous behaviour.

Additionally, proper management practices, such as timely mowing, good irrigation practices, and vigilant monitoring of forage quality, can help reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination in grasses. Regular testing of forage samples for mycotoxin levels is also recommended to ensure the safety of feed for animals.

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