Mycotoxins endanger the productivity of dairy cattle

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ICC Brazil presents RumenYeast®, complete health, and nutrition solution for ruminants that fight mycotoxins and increases milk production.

2020 started as a thriving year for milk producers, with a forecast of 2% for the sector this year (Embrapa, 2020). Some factors contributed to the increase in the prices paid to producers, such as the lower availability of raw materials as well as climate changes, the last drought in the south of the country, which is Brazil’s main dairy region – and external factors such as the influence of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the market, among others. The effect of these challenges on the industry has represented a fall in production and increased competition. With lower milk supplies, prices have been following an upward trend since the end of 2019.

However, the current scenario we are experiencing due to coronavirus has generated a lot of uncertainty and divided experts’ opinions. In the short-term, the dairy market may not be affected and will keep growing as milk, and some of its derivatives are considered essential products by consumers. However, in the medium-term, there is a margin resulting from the retraction of the economy and GDP (gross domestic product), which will affect the buying power of consumers. Moreover, due to measures related to the prevention of coronavirus, food service companies have felt the negative impact on the consumption of chilled dairy products, such as cheese, which accounts for more than 30% of the allocation of dairy in the industries.

Despite the scenario being unprecedented and unstable, this the moment in which producers must reconcile quality with cost-benefit so that their products become competitive in the face of current market difficulties. Therefore, keeping nutrition balanced and paying attention to health and management is the key to profitability.

Don’t let mycotoxins affect dairy cattle productivity

Mycotoxins threaten dairy cattle productivity throughout Brazil. They can cause severe toxic effects on organs or muscle tissue, compromising an animal’s physiology and leading to an imbalance of rumen microbial activity, which consequently hurts animal development and production.

Such effects are linked to lower milk production and quality, reproductive disorders, reduced immunity (for example, response to vaccines and the need for antimicrobial agents to control diseases), in addition to increasing incidences of disease and mortality.

Each year, several studies point out the presence of different mycotoxins in animal feed. The risks and regulations regarding animal nutrition are various for each market. It is estimated that 25% to 50% of all commodities produced in the world is contaminated. This number may be even higher in developing countries.

Aimed at controlling the presence of mycotoxins in milk production, ICC Brazil presents RumenYeast®, a complete solution indicated for the health and nutrition of ruminants, composed of fermentation metabolites and a yeast cell wall (β-glucans + MOS). This complete and unique product contains approximately 21% of β-glucans (from the cell wall), which are known for their ability to adsorb various mycotoxins. β-glucans considered the backbone of the yeast cell wall, interact with polar and non-polar mycotoxins through intermolecular forces, such as hydrogen bonds and Van der Waals forces, and are subsequently eliminated. The yeast cell wall present in RumenYeast® offers a wide surface area (approximately 3 billion m²/kg), maximizing mycotoxin adsorption.

While collaborating with the fight against mycotoxins, RumenYeast® provides numerous benefits in milk production, such as improvements in the quality and quantity of milk, proven by field data and studies carried out in universities and research institutions worldwide. ICC Brazil’s solution reduces problems with acidosis, improves the efficiency of rumen microflora, optimizes available energy, and contributes to the welfare of animals.

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Embrapa. News. Pecuária de leite espera crescer cerca de 2% em 2020. Jan. 21, 2020. Available at: Accessed on 4/2/2020

Cepea – Centro de Estudos Avançados em Economia Aplicada. LeiteEPEA: Concorrência por matéria prima mantém o preço do produtor em alta. Esalq – USP, Piracicaba-SP.  Mar. 30, 2020. Available at: Accessed on 4/2/2020



Posted in 20 April of 2020