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Zearalenone intoxication of pigs

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Blaney, B.J., Bloomfield, R.C. and Moore, C.J. (1984) Zearalenone intoxication of pigs. Australian Veterinary Journal., 61 (1). pp. 24-27.


Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.1984.tb07126...

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Mycotoxicosis due to ingestion of zearalenone was detected on 2 pig farms on the Atherton Tableland in northern Queensland. In one herd of 200 pigs, this resulted from feeding maize which had been stored with a high moisture content. In the other herd of 1400 pigs, it resulted from feeding sorghum grain which was rain affected before harvest. Concentrations of zearalenone in the feeds ranged up to 8 mg/kg. Most prepubertal gilts in the herds displayed enlarged teats and signs of oestrus such as having red, swollen vulvas. In several cases both rectal and vaginal prolapses occurred. On one of the farms, 25 pigs died as a direct result of prolapses. Autopsy of a 3-monthold gilt revealed apparently enlarged ovaries and uterine horns. Sows and boars seemed to be unaffected. Four gilts failed to conceive following mating during the period of zearalenone ingestion, but apart from this and the deaths from prolapses, production of the herds appeared ti be unaffected.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from the © Australian Veterinary Journal. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Pigs; reproduction; grains; fungal diseases.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Plant culture > Field crops > Grain. Cereals
Veterinary medicine > Diseases of special classes of animals > Swine
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Inspection. Quarantine
Live Archive:24 Jan 2006
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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