Approved biological silage additives for better silage
Biological silage additives can improve the fermentation of silage by dominating the microbial population of the forage. This helps to lower the pH of the silage quickly, ensuring better retention of true protein and a more palatable feed with higher intake potential than untreated silage.
Activator Plus Silage Additive
An inoculant containing three species of lactic acid-producing bacteria, paediococcus acidilactici, lactobacillus plantarum and lactobacillus paracasei, which dominate the naturally occuring microoganisms on the crop and speed-up fermentation. This results in greater retention of true protein, reduced risk of butyric acid production and improved palatability.
Activator Plus Silage Additive is ideal where low sugar situations are anticipated. Up to 50% of the sugar in grasses is in the form of fructan, a long-chain suger complex that cannot be utilised by most lactic-acid bacteria. The inclusion of a carefully selected strain of lactobacillus paracasei, a fructan digester, can double the level of available sugars, ensuring a fast and effective fermentation. For use on all grass silages in the dry matter range 18-25%, Activator Plus also produces excellent results in crops with high clover content, where lower sugar levels and raised protein value can adversely effect efficient fermentation. Activator Plus has been extensively and independently trialed to demonstrate improved fermentation, reduced nutrient loss and improved animal performance. Activator Plus is a silage additive suitable for use on organic farms.
Activator + PS
A cost-effective combination additive with the strength of Activator Plus to enhance fermentation and the proven ability of potassium sorbate to suppress the growth of the yeasts and moulds that cause heating and loss of feed value.
When silage crop DM exceeds 25%, or when it is anticipated that the silage will be fed during periods of high ambient temparature, it is important to ensure that the silage remains stable during feed-out. Good ensiling practice and clamp managenent together with the power of Activator + PS will give extended ‘shelf life’ to at-risk silages. Activator + PS cannot be used on organic farms.
An inoculant containing two special bacteria lactobacillus brevis and lactobacillus fermentum, Protect Bio is designed to promote aerobic stability in at risk silages, i.e. higher dry matter and/or feedout during periods of high ambient temperature. Protect Bio is the ideal solution for organic silages where the potential for aerobic instability is anticipated.
With its proven ability to promote successful fermentation in more difficult to ensile crops such as clover silages and arable silages that include legumes, Pro-Active Bio is a clever combination of Activator Plus and Protect Bio which can improve fermentation, animal performance and aerobic stability in higher dry matter silage or silage required for feed-out during periods of high ambient temperature. Pro-Active Bio is suitable for use on organic farms.