When you make silage, bacteria ferment the plant, converting the sugars to lactic acid. The acid rapidly drops the pH of the silage and preserves it for future use as a feed. All crops contain a range of bacteria, some will be more efficient in this process of fermentation than others.
Quality silage inoculants are developed to control this process, with a number of benefits, including increased dry matter retention and reducing spoilage, creating a stable silage and less waste at feed out.
Advance silage inoculants include three different species of Lactobacillus bacteria to support the effective fermentation of forage, in the most optimum number.
Q: What bacteria are included in Advance Grass?
A: Advance contains lactic acid producing bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus pentosaceus, lowering the pH and minimising nutrient loss. Advance also contains another lactic acid producing bacteria Lactobacillus brevis which also produces acetic acid.
Acetic acid slows the growth of spoilage organisms like yeasts and moulds in silage and TMR, reducing heating of the silage once exposed to air and reducing dry matter loss. Lactobacillus brevis also provides longer aerobic stability than some other Lactobacillus species used in silage inoculants.
As a result, the treated silage will have more available energy for milk production or growth, less spoilage and more consistency, so less sifting by the cows.
Advance also contains a unique mixture of microbial minerals and sugars that stimulate the dormant bacteria in the inoculant, rapidly waking them up and protecting them, so that they work at peak efficiency, as soon as applied.