Feed monitoring sought
Red Deer County’s Agriculture Services Board is pushing for more provincial monitoring of livestock feed for a dangerous toxin.
Ergot is a toxin that is increasingly showing up in cereal grain feeds, says information provided to county council by the board. If too much is consumed by cattle, it can make them sick with symptoms that are difficult to differentiate from other common diseases.
However, the province has no standards for ergot levels, which are left up to feed companies to oversee.
The county’s agriculture services board has put forward a resolution to be taken to the Central Region.
It calls on the Alberta Agriculture to put ergot regulations in place and ban the use of feed screenings containing any ergot until acceptable levels have been determined.
The province is also called upon to better inform those dealing with feed of the dangers of ergot.
Council approved the resolution.