Can silage inoculants contribute to farm profitability?
Ensiled forages represent the largest part of the daily intake of most ruminants, and the quality of silage directly affects animal nutrition and well-being. The controlled microbial fermentation of forages helps to preserve their nutritive value all year round. Silage inoculants containing microorganisms and enzymes influence and enhance the fermentation process when making silage from corn, grass, legumes and more.
There are two critical points in silage management when trying to achieve optimal silage quality:
- At the time of ensiling, where the main objective is to achieve a rapid acidification for maximum recovery of nutrients and minimal dry matter losses.
- At feed out, where the challenge is to ensure good aerobic stability to minimize nutrient and dry matter losses through heating and limit the growth of spoilage microorganisms, such as yeasts and molds.
Depending on their characteristics, fresh forages present different challenges during ensiling and feedout:
- Low dry matter, low sugar content or high protein forages are prone to slow acidification, which can result in protein degradation and feed value
- High dry matter or sugar rich forages are prone to aerobic instability and spoilage.
Left uncontrolled, these challenges will have negative impacts on the economic value of the preserved feed and on animal performance and well-being.
Specific solutions for your Success in forage preservation
As an expert in microbial fermentation, Lallemand Animal Nutrition has developed a range of silage additives to address the specific challenges faced in each crop at ensiling. By choosing the right inoculant, silage producers can ensure optimal preservation of dry matter and the nutritive value of their silage crops from the field to feedout, optimizing performance and animal efficiency.
The Lallemand Animal Nutrition range of specific inoculants for optimal silage quality include:
Not all products are available in all markets nor all claims allowed in all regions.
Nova-Sile® are bacteria-based inoculants that promote efficient fermentation and dry matter recovery.
Sil-All Activate contains specifically selected, elite lactic acid bacteria to dominate ensiling fermentation and improve efficiency.
Biotal Plus® II is a unique forage inoculant proven to enhance the ensiling fermentation process, reducing spoilage and forage losses, maximizing nutrient retention…
Biotal® Hay Inoculant, a bacterial hay inoculant that contains scientifically selected, elite strains that allows for successful hay baling at higher moisture…
Biotal® Buchneri 500 helps achieve fast front-end forage fermentation and maintain aerobic stability to maximize the amount of top quality silage available…
Biotal® Buchneri 40788 features the only active forage inoculant bacteria strain, Lactobacillus buchneri NCIMB 40788 that has been reviewed by the FDA…