Monday, March 17, 2014

Effect of Feeding Moldy Hay or Feed to Horses - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 3, 2014

Moldy forage can contribute to a range of disorders in the horse. Inhaled fungal and actinomycete spores can cause primary allergic and inflammatory respiratory disease, as well as influencing the incidence, severity, and duration of episodes of infectious respiratory disease. However, molds may also produce toxic secondary metabolites called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins may contribute to reproductive, immunological, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and other disorders in livestock including the horse. Mycotoxins can behave as immunosuppressants, thus having the possibility to contribute to secondary disorders. Mold and subsequent mycotoxin contamination of a forage can increase during extreme environmental conditions such as high humidity at the time of baling or from mechanical damage to the forage...

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