Mycotoxin contamination in feed continues to be an ever-present risk. According to Alltech’s 2015 European Grains and Forage Harvest Analysis, dairy and beef cattle are at high risk for mycotoxin exposure. Inconsistent weather conditions during the summer of 2015 increased the risk for mycotoxin contamination, leading to irregularities in plant growth and wreaking havoc on the 2015 European crop. Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland aims to be one step ahead of the mycotoxin challenge. Recently Alltech opened its first European-based, state-of-the-art Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory.
The laboratory will be the third of its kind for Alltech, which has two similar laboratories in the U.S. and China. To date, the laboratory in the U.S. has analyzed more than 10,000 samples since opening in 2012.
The new laboratory will provide much-needed, high-throughput mycotoxin profiling services in Europe to accelerate the detection process, while saving time and money for European farmers and food producers. Having such a laboratory in Europe will allow Alltech to investigate more than 38 different mycotoxins quantitatively and more than 50 others qualitatively in animal feed in less than 15 minutes per sample.
“The new laboratory at Alltech Ireland will assist European farmers and producers in the identification and management of the risks associated with mycotoxins,” said Nick Adams, global director of the Alltech Mycotoxin Management Team. “The Alltech Mycotoxin Management Program and global Mycotoxin Management Team of researchers and specialized consultants offer unique and precise solutions to manage the menace of multiple mycotoxins. This new laboratory is yet again evidence that the Alltech team has always led the way in innovative technologies for combating the threat of this hidden global killer here in Europe.”
Diagnosis and effective remediation of mycotoxin problems have, to date, been limited by the ability to accurately measure these toxic contaminants in feedstuffs. Alltech’s new laboratory is an innovative resource that will house a team of analytical scientists who will assist farmers with their constant monitoring of mycotoxin presence and levels in stored forage, which is an integral part of a forage management program, with the end goal to reduce the impact on cattle performance and health. The laboratory will be able to rapidly identify these hidden killers in feed and provide a final report with recommendation for next steps to the farmer.
“To have a dedicated center for this innovative technology in Ireland will have a significant impact on the productivity, animal health, traceability, profitability and efficiency of not only Europe’s farmers, but also Europe’s food production systems,” said Adams.
Alltech’s cutting-edge research and global science teams are not shy of accolades. Alltech’s North American Mycotoxin Management Laboratory has been accredited with ISO/IEC 17025:2005, an international standard that recognizes the competence of testing laboratories. This objective third-party assessment distinguishes the managerial and technical requirements of the lab and ensures the accuracy and impartiality of analytical results.
In 2013, the Alltech 37+ mycotoxin analysis program garnered a one-star innovation award from INNOV’SPACE in France, a distinction program that awards new product and service innovations in agriculture. The Alltech 37+ mycotoxin analysis program also earned a 2014 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award, and China Animal Health Magazine presented the Alltech 37+ program with the 2014 Double Effect Star Solution award.
In September 2015, the China Feed Industry Information Network presented the Alltech Mycotoxin Management Program with the Star Feed Additive—Top 5 Mycotoxin Solution award.