Comparative studies on the effect of ergot contaminated feed on performance and health of piglets and chickens.

@article{Mainka2005ComparativeSO,
  title={Comparative studies on the effect of ergot contaminated feed on performance and health of piglets and chickens.},
  author={Simone Mainka and Sven D{\"a}nicke and Hartwig B{\"o}hme and J. Wolff and Siegfried Matthes and sc. G. Flachowsky},
  journal={Archives of animal nutrition},
  year={2005},
  volume={59 2},
  pages={
          81-98
        }
}
Two dose response trials were conducted with piglets and chickens to study the effects of increasing amounts of ergot (Claviceps purpurea) with a defined alkaloid content and pattern on performance, biochemical serum characteristics and organ weights (of chickens). The ergot was mixed into the cereal-soybean meal based diets at levels of 0, 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 g/kg. The total alkaloid content of the ergot was analysed to be 2775 mg/kg and showed the following composition: ergometrine 8.1… CONTINUE READING