Journal of Food Technology and Preservation

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Detection of aflatoxin B1, heavy metals and minerals from corn silage and mineral mixture (Wanda) of cows and buffalos

Corn (Zea mays L.) is the most extensively harvested crop in Pakistan cultivated over an area of 1 million hectares with a production of about 3.3 million tons. Because of its nutritional value, it is widely used for human consumption and animal feeding. A large percentage of corn production is meant for animal feeding especially cattle feeding. Corn silage making involves grinding and storage of whole corn plant and consists of grains, high percentage of stoves and stalks representing a new significant feed source for beef and dairy cattle. Air and infiltration of rain lead to poor quality of silage production. Nutritional value of the resulting silage will be low and cows will avoid that silage to eat (low intake of dry matter). So infiltration of rain or water should be reduced for quality production of corn silage

Author(s): Zeeshan Umer, Isbah Hameed, Saif ur Rehman Kashif, Ayesha Rasheed, Maria Khatoon