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The Bio-Ag News: Winter 2021

The Bio-Ag News Winter 2021

 

Welcome to our Winter 2021 Newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

 

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Inside this issue:

From the President
Soft Rock Phosphate & Black Earth Orders Needed!
Dates to remember
Recipe of the season: Coconut Candy

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Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by (fungi) molds.

Modern farming practices are depressing the plant’s immune systems and microbiome, making them more prone to severe fungal infections. Mycotoxins can develop in the field pre-harvest and during storage post-harvest.  Post harvest mycotoxins develop when high moisture feed is not stored properly. If consumed by livestock these chemicals can have toxic effects on the animals.  Cleaning moldy grains can help reduce levels of mycotoxins, as the fines usually have the highest amounts.  Mycotoxins rarely occur in isolation; Additive and synergistic effects can make seemingly low levels of mycotoxins dangerously detrimental to animal health.

 

Heat treatments and processing DO NOT inactivate mycotoxins. Don’t forget that finished feeds with and without by-products can be a significant source of mycotoxins. Some feed mills have better quality control than others.

 

Preventing Post-Harvest Mycotoxins

Poor storage and inadequate bunk feed-out are two controllable variables in the reduction of mycotoxins for silages. Aeration mycotoxins and refermentation mycotoxins can be very dangerous to animal health. Farmers must make sure as little air as possible gets into the bunks when scraping off feed and must keep moisture out.

 

Keep grain stored cool and dry. Clean out bins before new crop

Silage- prevent air from penetrating when taking off the face of a bunk or bag. Use a defacer or similar. Harvest at right moisture and ensure silage is packed tight enough and use a forage product to ensure proper fermentation...Bio-lac/Seaweed/Sugar.

 

Testing

Visual inspection is not reliable. Mycotoxins are tiny molecules the are not visible. On the other side…the presence of visual molds does not always mean mycotoxins are present. There are 1000+ Mycotoxins out there. Bio-Ag now offers a test called Myco 7 which test for the presence of 7 common mycotoxins. Mycotoxins almost never occur in isolation. If you have one mycotoxin chances are you will have more accompanying it. Additive and synergistic effects can make seemingly low levels of mycotoxins dangerously detrimental to animal health.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Mycotoxins in Poultry

  1. Immune suppression symptoms
  2. Gut disturbances/oral erosions
  3. Uneven growth patterns
  4. Ruffled feathers

Turkeys are more sensitive than broilers • Young birds are more sensitive than older birds.

 

Mycotoxins Change Gut Microbiome

Mycotoxins damage intestinal cells and gut environment. Beneficial bacteria are killed off. Gut immunity is compromised and parasites such as coccidia can take over. Clostridia thrive in mucoid environment induced by chronic inflammation.  

 

Reproductive system

Always keep in mind when presented with reproductive issues, this includes egg quality in layers! Immune system – All mycotoxins a ffect immune system and suppress it, should be on the list when having disease outbreaks.

 

General Signs

Most other symptoms come from indirect cause of which immunosuppression is the main sign. This means increased susceptibility to disease and vaccine failure.

Often times waxing and waning symptoms and growth are a sign that there is a problem. This will present as variability in uniformity of bird weights.

 

Ruffled feathers from compromised nutrient absorption and protein synthesis.

 

Oral lesions can be visible as mycotoxins are caustic. The feed particles sit in mouth. Lesions can occur in esophagus as well. Look for a rough appearance and can ulcerate and bleed. Lesions can go all the way down to gizzard and proventriculus and contents will reflux upwards.

 

Condemnations of liver. Aflatoxins are especially hepatotoxic but many other mycotoxins also damage the liver. Pancreatic enzymatic activity harmed by aflatoxin and so feed isn’t digested properly. Mycotoxins can impair kidney function. Swollen kidneys, urates and dehydration.

 

Gastrointestinal tract is damaged. Mycotoxins kill rapidly dividing cells, these include intestinal cells and immune cells. See signs such as enteritis, diarrhea, slick feces, and shiny feces from fat malabsorption.

 

Specific signs

Fusarium toxins can cause bowed legs and knocked knees in turkeys.
Ergots can cause claws and combs to become black and fall off.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Mycotoxins in Dairy Cattle

 

  1. Gut disturbances
  2. High SCC
  3. Low Milk

Freshening cows are at highest risk for developing illness due to mycotoxin exposure. They have the highest stress. When a cow doesn’t eat (drop in feed intake at calving) the gut loses integrity and becomes leaky allowing mycotoxins to be more easily absorbed. Mycotoxins will damage the gut lining. Rumen microbiome and fermentation becomes dysfunctional when molds are ingested. Think of how penicillin is an antibiotic. Colostrum and even milk can contain mycotoxins, calves can become sick when drink this milk. High SCC, Mastitis and Metritis can also be a sign of mycotoxin issues because if the immune suppressive effects.

 

General Signs 

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Bloody stool
  • Inconsistent manure quality is frequently a sign
  • Reduced Dry Matter Intake
  • Suppressed immune function
  • Reproductive failure

 

Signs and Symptoms of Mycotoxins in Swine

  1. Gut disturbances
  2. Fertility issues
  3. Failure to respond to veterinary treatment

All mycotoxins have an impact on growth and immune system. Combinations of mycotoxins can make symptoms unpredictable.

 

Immune System Depression

  • Vaccines don’t work
  • High rate of disease
  • Lack of response to medical treatment (antibiotics)

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The Bio-Ag News: Fall 2021

The Bio-Ag News Fall 2021

Welcome to our Fall 2021 Newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

 

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Inside this issue:

  • From the President
  • Ruth Knight: Reflections on the Joy of Farming
  • Kathrine's Korner: Mycotoxins
  • Product Specials
  • Dates to remember
  • Recipe of the season: Zucchini Fudge Cake

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Ingredient #4 - Whole Oats

Whole Oats: Part of a Balanced Diet

 

Oats are a whole-grain that provide lasting energy to your dog, so she has lots of energy to chew her toys, romp through the snow, and wrestle with her friends.

 

There are many wonderful benefits of feeding oats to your dog.

 

FIBRE: Oats provide your dog with fibre, which is essential for gut health.

 

METHIONINE AND CYSTEINE:  Oats are high in methionine and cysteine. These amino acids are important for your dog’s heart health.

 

CARBOHYDRATES: Oats are an excellent source of carbohydrates and provide your dog with the energy to hike, swim, and play with her friends.

 

PROTEIN: Oats are also a great source of protein.
 

B VITAMINS: Oats are rich in B vitamins.
 

LINOLEIC ACID: Oats are full of linoleic acid. This is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps keep skin strong and healthy.

After reading this, you may be craving a bowl of healthy oatmeal for yourself. It’s great to know that this nutritious food has health benefits for you and your best friend too!

 


~Guest Contributor, Alyssa Foulkes

Alyssa is a local dog trainer based in Guelph, Ontario. 

 

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Ingredient #2 - Brown Rice

 

BROWN RICE: Why Natural Whole Grains are Good for Dogs

 

Brown rice is a natural whole grain. It provides your dog with essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and amino acids. It is also a great source of fibre.

 

There are so many benefits to including brown rice as your dog’s source of fibre. By slowing down transit time, fibre helps to keep your dog feeling full for longer.

 

 

A diet high in fibre is also a great nutritional strategy for controlling your dog’s body weight. By keeping your dog a healthy body weight, you’re preventing her from getting diseases like diabetes. You’re also making sure that her joints stay healthy, so she can enjoy pain-free walks with you and her dog friends too.

 

Having a high-quality fibre source is very important to your dog’s gut health.

 

Have you heard of prebiotics?

 

Prebiotics are foods that are typically high in fibre that acts as food for the microflora in your gut.

 

 

Fibre can act as a prebiotic and increase the number of health-promoting microbiota in the gut, including lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

 

There are other benefits to including brown rice in Norman’s Naturals as well.

Did you know that brown rice is a source of methionine and cysteine (amino acids important to your dog’s heart health?)

 

There’s another important reason for including healthy fibre in your dog’s diet. That’s right: high-quality fibre can reduce the incidence of diarrhea.

 

 

Whether your dog loves dashing through the snow, playing with friends at doggy daycare, or leaping through hoops at agility class, Norman’s Naturals will give them the energy they need to make every day their best day.

 


~Guest Contributor, Alyssa Foulkes

Alyssa is a local dog trainer based in Guelph, Ontario. 

 

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Subscription orders are now available!

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Bio-Ag Winter 2020 Newsletter

Winter 2020 Newsletter

 

Welcome to our winter 2020 newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

 

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Inside this issue:

  • From the President
  • Guest Article: Ruth Knight - Entering the time of reflection
  • Upcoming Monthly Specials
  • Dates to Remember
  • 2021 January Seminar Announcement
  • Bio-Ag's new Loyalty Program
  • Product Updates: Equine Ecstasy & PCAI Bio-Lac
  • Employee Years of Service
  • Recipe of the Season: Braised Leeks with Parmesan

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Bio-Ag Fall 2020 Newsletter

Fall 2020 Newsletter

 

Welcome to our fall 2020 newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

 

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Inside this issue:
  • From the President
  • Guest Article: Ruth Knight on Reminders for fall Soil Testing and Cover Crops
  • Upcoming Monthly Specials
  • Dates to Remember
  • 2021 January Seminar Announcement
  • Kathrine's Korner: Fertility Problem Solving for the Dairy Herd
  • Recipe of the Season: Mini Zucchini Pizzas

 

Happy Reading!

 

NEWSLETTER

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Bio-Ag Summer 2020 Newsletter

Summer Newsletter 2020!

Welcome to our latest summer newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

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Inside this issue:

  • From the President
  • Guest Article: Ruth Knight on 2020 Crop Season
  • Greenwood Clinic Updates
  • Upcoming Monthly Specials
  • Dates to Remember
  • Customer Appreciation Day Announcement
  • Updated AR Policy
  • Recipe Corner: Refrigerator Bars

 

Happy Reading!

 

NEWSLETTER

 

 

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May Special - Bio-Ag Custom Forage Prduct

Bio-Ag Custom Forage Product

PCAI Bio-Lac/Dried Seaweed Meal/Sugar

Get 5% Off for the Month of May

 

To control ensiling temperatures, reduce nutrient loss and produce sweet smelling, palatable forages, Bio-Ag offers a premium custom forage blend that your animals will love.

 

Bio-Lac helps to support the gut microflora.

 

Dried Seaweed Meal promotes a healthy immune system.

 

Organic Sugar increases the amount of fermentable substrate which helps the lactic acid bacteria in Bio-Lac to promote the reduction of the pH quickly.  This leads to better lactic acid fermentation.

 

We recommend this product for baleage, haylage, and corn silage.

 

At Bio-Ag we can get your forages tested to ensure you are providing your cattle with the highest quality feed

 

Gathering Forage Samples

  • Use a bale corer
  • Gather from 8-10 different bales or areas of the field when loading loose into wagons
  • Place samples into a clean pail and mix together to make a composite sample
  • Fill a 500ml-1 L plastic bag of the composite mix and clearly label - ask your bio-ag dealer for our pre-labelled baggies
  • Freeze wet samples; keep dry hay at room temperature

 

Looking for more readings on why forages are an important part of your cattle's diet?

 

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Seaweed News

Exciting Results for Seaweed in Poultry Feed!

 

Our partners at Ocean Harvest have recently completed a study with the University of Guelph showing positive results for OceanFeed Poultry blend seaweed.

 

You can read more about the study here

 

Pick up your bag of poultry specific dried seaweed meal at our office today OR place your order now!

 

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