Mycotoxin (fusariotoxin F2) produced by numerous fungal species of
when stored grain starts to ferment.
Animals most affected
Pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep.
Ingestion of maize, sorghum, hay, barley contaminated with
when grain crops are grown and stored in temperate climates.
Mycotoxin with a pronounced oestrogenic activity causing infertility, reproductive disturbances and death of the newborn.
Oral doses in mg/kg feed:
l-6.8 or 5-8 mg/animal per day for 6 weeks
Clinical features and lesions
vulval swelling and prominence;
congested mammary glands, mastitis;
reduced libido in male animals;
these clinical signs present 4-7 days post-ingestion and abate within 1-4 weeks.
(In cases of high levels of contamination of feedstuff):
reduced fertility, lowered spermatogenesis.
No antidote. Remove and destroy contaminated fodder or grain.