Jun 08, 2020
Crop and condition specific inoculants formulated for quality silage
Jun 08, 2020
You won’t make all your grass silage on the same day and in identical conditions, but you will want to make the best feed you can. Lientjie Colahan explains how crop and condition specific inoculants have been developed to help you produce the best possible grass silage in the many different conditions we will see this summer.
Grass harvested under different growth and environmental conditions will present different fermentation challenges. This is due to variations in criteria of the crop such as dry matter and sugar or protein content, all of which will affect how the crop will ferment. Whatever the conditions, you need to make a high quality, well-fermented silage. This is why you will benefit from using a crop and condition specific inoculant which has a tailored formulation, combining different proportions of bacteria and enzymes to meet the specific challenges presented by the characteristics of the crop.
If all grass silage was made of identical grass under the same weather conditions you could always use the same inoculant, but it isn’t. Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s Magniva range of crop and condition specific grass inoculants contain extensively researched and carefully selected combinations of bacteria and enzymes to help you manage these variations and be confident of a well-made grass silage.
The homofermentative strains L. plantarum CNCM MA18/5U and P. pentosaceus NCIMB 12455 are the drivers of the essential lactic acid fermentation needed to achieve the rapid pH drop. Their role can be accelerated by the inclusion of xylanase and ß-glucanase enzymes which release sugars bound up in the plant, giving the bacteria access to more fuel for a faster fermentation.
Heterofermentative bacteria, L. buchneri NCIMB 40788 and our unique and patented L. hilgardii I-4785 work in combination to produce anti-fungal compounds to reduce aerobic spoilage and heating and ensure more nutrients are preserved and fed to your cows.
By varying the proportions and levels of these bacteria and enzymes, we have created inoculants better suited to higher or lower dry matter crops and different weather conditions and so help you improve the likelihood of making a high quality, palatable and stable feed.
For more information on the Magniva range of silage inoculants click here