Nutrition Notes | Patented Technology That Can Decrease Moisture Levels in Feed Which Can Reduce the Potential For Harmful Mold, Pathogenic Bacteria and Fungus Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Is Your Feed Safe? It is well accepted that feed quality is one of the foundations of a successful operation. The growing, harvesting, and storage of grains are directly affected by unpredictable environmental conditions. Improving the quality and consistency of the nutrients provided by feed is a prime concern of the producer. One of the most common problems with feed quality is the accumulation of moisture in the grain during harvesting, processing, and storage. A high moisture level is the main cause of the development of harmful molds, bacteria and fungus in the grains, which can lead to risk of mycotoxins. Molds, once established, spread quickly because as the mold’s enzymatic process breaks down nutrients; more moisture is produced allowing other molds to germinate. Even when grains have been stored dry, moist spots may develop due to adverse environmental conditions allowing the development of molds. Today there is another option available to reduce moisture contamination in your feeds. Algonite is a new, patented product developed and designed specifically for animal health. Algonite is manufactured using the nanoclay called AMADÉITE® dried yeast cells, and diatomaceous earth. The combination of these ingredients, using the best technology available, brings forward a new era in animal health. Why is Algonite Distinctly Different from Other Products on the Market? Through the use of nanotechnology, the natural absorbent quality of clay has been dramatically improved in Algonite. To accomplish this, the layers of clay have been widely separated to increase the surface area available for absorption. The product is then finely ground to further improve the absorption ability and to allow easy dispersion throughout the feed. The Ohio State University Extension Newsletter states that, “mold inhibitors cannot be effective unless they are completely and thoroughly distributed throughout the feed.” Because of the small particle size, less Algonite will be necessary to obtain better results. What Can You Do to Reduce the Risks of Mold Contamination? Aeration of grains can help to prevent mold problems, but once the mold has been established, additional oxygen and lower temperatures caused by aeration may actually assist certain molds in their development. Mold inhibitors are another means of reducing the risk of mold contamination; however, the effectiveness has been variable for the producer. Once again, if the mold has already been established, the mold inhibitors will not destroy the existing mold, they will only prevent development in other areas of the grain supply. There are several types of mold inhibitors and a combination of types is probably the most effective. Organic acids (propionic, sorbic, benzoic or acetic) are typically used; however the salts of the organic acids (calcium propionate or potassium sorbate) are less caustic and are more widely utilized. The North Carolina Extension Bulletin states that if the concentration of the inhibitor is not high to stop mold growth, the mold can actually use the inhibitor as a food source, therefore increasing the mold contamination. Benefits of Algonite Algonite is a superior product which is used for moisture reduction in feed. When moisture levels are lower, the potential for harmful mold, pathogenic bacteria, and fungus is also lower. Products with Algonite The Algonite products available from KNG include Algonite (the ingredient) #8220 and Kent Algonite Supplement Meal #8218 for beef, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, gotas, horses, and poultry. Download PDF Related Nutrition Notes Hay Quality: Good vs. Bad Long stem fiber is critical in a horse’s diet but finding quality hay can be challenging, depending on time of year and geography. Continue reading to learn a few simple… Read More Benefits of Beet Pulp For Horses When hay quality is poor or if you looking to stretch your hay supply, beet pulp can provide numerous benefits to your horse. Continue reading to learn how and why… Read More Fly Control – Now Is The Time! It has been shown that heavy fly infestation can reduce milk yield by as much as 15%. To avoid this issue it is recommended that and Integrated Pest Management control… Read More Want to learn more from KNG research? Give us your email address to be notified when we publish new Nutrition Notes articles.