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Analysis of Canadian and Irish forage, oats and commercially available equine concentrate feed for pathogenic fungi and mycotoxins.
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PMID:  21851693     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Respiratory infections, recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) and exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) are major causes of poor performance in horses. Fungi and mycotoxins are now recognised as a major cause of these conditions. The most notable fungi are Aspergillus and Fusarium. Fungal spores can originate from forage, bedding and feed and, in turn, these fungal spores can produce a series of mycotoxins as secondary metabolites.This study set out to ascertain the degree of fungal and mycotoxin contamination in feed and fodder used in Irish racing yards over a one-year period. Weather conditions in forage producing areas were sampled by Met Eireann and the Canadian Meteorological Service.Fifty per cent of Irish hay, 37% of haylage and 13% of Canadian hay contained pathogenic fungi. Of the mycotoxins, T2 and zearalenone were most prominent. Twenty-one per cent of Irish hay and 16% of pelleted feed contained zearalenone. Forty per cent of oats and 54% of pelleted feed contained T2 toxins.
Thomas Buckley; Alan Creighton; Ursula Fogarty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish veterinary journal     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0368-0762     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Vet J     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0100762     Medline TA:  Ir Vet J     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-6     Citation Subset:  -    
Irish Equine Centre, Johnstown, Naas, Co, Kildare, Ireland.
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