For dairy and other livestock producers wanting to optimize their silage, the addition of inoculant just prior to storage may help to improve their return by minimizing losses and getting the most out of their product.
Silage inoculants help the fermentation process, an essential part of any feed of its type. They contain anaerobic bacteria that result in a high fermentation rate, higher levels of lactic acid and lower amounts of acetic acid.
Normand St-Pierre, professor and dairy extension specialist at The Ohio State University, said there has been a substantial increase in inoculant use in the last few years. This is party due to economics.
“As a guide, if the silage goes above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have a problem. The intake of the cows will drop and you’ll have some upset stomachs,” St-Pierre said. “Good grief, I remember working in New York 20 years ago. At the time, you could buy corn silage standing in the field.… Continue readingRead More »