Feed Lot

DEC 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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26 FEED•LOT December 2018 ADVANTAGE ADVERTISING Dirks Earthmoving Precision Land Forming • Livestock Pen Shaping • Lagoon Construction • Conservation Practices • Laser Equipped Site Preparation Call Richard Dirks Toll Free 1-877-872-3057 Cell: 620-872-1793 dirksearthmoving.com Holds three 250 lb. calves at once Half Circle & Alley System Calf Processor Winkel Glen Elder, KS 67446-9717 785.545.3606 800.466.3606 winkelmfg.com very concerned that it may be a big- ger health issue statewide than the localized cases we've seen so far." The fall weather patterns in Kan- sas were conducive to a buildup of mycotoxins in feedstuffs, particu- larly harvested grain and livestock feed, Ensley said. It simply means that livestock producers should be on the lookout for feed that may contain unsafe concentrations of mycotoxins, or mold toxins. "These molds are present in agricultural environments all the time, but when they get on the right substrate with the right tempera- ture and humidity, then they grow and produce a toxin," Ensley said. "They can be there and not produce Fall weather may have created risk to animal feed. A Kansas State University vet- erinarian is urging the state's pro- ducers to be especially diligent about monitoring for mycotoxins in livestock feed this winter on the heels of weather conditions that promoted their growth this fall. Toxicologist Steve Ensley said Kansas' summer drought condi- tions led to a heightened risk of aflatoxin in the state's grain crop, while wet conditions during the 2018 harvest also made that grain susceptible to fumonisin. The risk is beyond the state lines as several other states experienced a summer drought followed by a wet fall. "This year we have already had some death losses associated with mycotoxins in pigs and horses and so we've measured just a very few samples of corn and found very high concentrations of fumonisin and aflatoxin," Ensley said. "I'm K-State vet urges livestock producers to be on the lookout for mycotoxins "Quality Cattle Handling Equipment" Garden City, KS 1-800-426-9626 Fremont, NE 1-402-721-7604 www.cattlechutes.com

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