Toxin Characteristics

This toxin is produced by some species of Penicillium and Aspergillus in cereal grains. Ochratoxin A, affects kidney function.

Crops and Weather Conditions

Toxin production occurs over a wide temperature range. Optimal conditions for ochratoxin production are at a temperature range between 68-77 F and a crop moisture content of 16% or above.  

Impact on Animal Health

Ochratoxin-contaminated feed has its major economic impact on the poultry industry. 

Acute toxicity does not seem to constitute a problem in cattle.  


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