How Do Silage Inoculants Work?

When you make silage, bacteria convert plant sugars to acid. The acid drops the pH and preserves the silage.

All crops contain a range of bacteria. Some are more efficient at converting sugar to the right type of acid than  others. The most desirable fermentation produces high levels of lactic acid.

A quality silage inoculant contains thousands of efficient lactic acid producing bacteria.

When added in large numbers to a forage crop at harvest time, these out compete the naturally occurring bacteria resulting in efficient, quality fermentation.

 

Benefits of quality silage inoculants

A good silage inoculant gives a faster, more efficient fermentation, resulting in less energy and drymatter loss and greater animal performance when compared to an untreated control.

Put simply, they help you to lock in more of the pasture or crop's nutrients and drymatter so that they can be used by livestock to produce More Milk™ or More Meat™.

The positive effects of silage inoculants observed in controlled industry and university studies are:

+ lower silage pH.
+ greater lactic acid content.
+ greater drymatter recovery (less shrinkage, spoilage and run-off).
+ improved silage digestibility (higher feed energy levels).
+ increased animal performance (more milk or more meat per tonne of silage fed).

In summary, you get better quality silage that allows your livestock to produce more milk or meat.