Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition
Jeanne van der Veen, MS, PAS, Equine and Specialty Nutritionist
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. MMi is a new, patented product developed and designed specifically for animal health. MMi 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 MMi Distinctly Different from Other Products on the Market?
Through the use of nanotechnology, the natural absorbent quality of clay has been dramatically improved in MMi. 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 MMi 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 MMi
MMi 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.