Why is mycotoxicosis so difficult to detect? Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, North Carolina State University, says there are a variety of reasons:
- Mycotoxin "hot spots" in TMR samples or hay bales that may or may not get included in a sample.
- Mycotoxicosis has non-specific symptoms, i.e. drop in milk production.
- There are interactions with other mycotoxins/stress/disease
- Lack of research with specific mycotoxins
- Species differences.
- Lack of feed samples.
- Difficulties in gathering accurate samples.
- Extensive and complex testing methods.
Smith spoke about mycotoxins in cattle at the Dr. Jack Walther 85th Annual Western Veterinary Conference this week in Las Vegas.