No doubt, mycotoxins present one of the biggest issues in modern animal farming. Recent evidence suggests that even low levels of multiple mycotoxins, under long-term field exposure, can impact animal performance and health. This negative, synergistic additive impact is exacerbated when combined with other stress factors, typically seen in real farming production, such as climatic conditions, stock density, poor quality of feed, low level of (subclinical) infections, etc.
To contextualise: the cumulative impact of the long-term exposure to several mycotoxins (even at low level) in the same farm, may be completely different between winter and summer. We thus, miss the bigger picture. That means we are in need of comprehensive technologies, with multiple modes of action and proven efficacy in vivo. Comprehensive technologies that can help the animal confront several stress factors under the prism of a concomitant mycotoxin exposure, even if the latter is considered low. As such, Escent® S is a pioneering technology that helps animals cope with both abiotic and biotic stressors via a multifaceted, holistic approach. In vivo data back-up the five modes of action Escent® S.
Previous in vitro testing has proven the great ability of Escent® S to bind a great number of mycotoxins. However, in vitro results do not warrant an equal level of efficacy in vivo. For this reason, Innovad® in collaboration with Gent University (Belgium), developed and validated a ‘biomarker’ method that detects mycotoxins and their (phase I and phase II) metabolites in the blood of chickens and pigs. The validated method was, then, deployed for the evaluation of the in vivo detoxification efficacy of Escent® S, with very promising results. The research revealed that Escent® S exerted a significant detoxifying ability and reduced the systemic exposure of multiple mycotoxins in both species.
The findings themselves are particularly important, however, the real breakthrough has been the shift away from a simplistic toxin-binding approach. To this, under the Escent® S treatment even non-polar mycotoxins (like zearalenone) were systemically reduced. The evaluation of commercial technologies against several mycotoxins and their in vivo detoxification efficacy remains, thus, key.
The detoxification efficacy of Escent® S was evaluated under real poultry farming conditions with the analytical precision of Myco-Marker®.
Two groups were tested: The first group was a Competitor technology (1kg/T) which served as the Control group (current standard farm practice), and the second group was Escent® (1kg/T). The real mycotoxin risk and the true impact on animal performance and health status were bio-monitored at several time-points with the analytical precision of Myco-Marker®.
Summary of the main findings:
The field trial under a non-controlled environment confirmed the in vivo mycotoxin detoxification and stress-relief power of the Escent® S Technology.
At the same time Myco-Marker® proved a reliable and powerful biomonitoring tool in terms of animal exposure to mycotoxins: Myco-Marker® was deployed over the course of 30 days, demonstrating it can be easily used in field conditions to evaluate precisely stress impact in livestock.
Overall, the results of the field trial in a non-controlled environment demonstrated the POWER of the RISE® platform – a real breakthrough in the Mycotoxin-related stress control management.