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Why Use Advance - Silage Inoculants

Why Use Advance - Silage Inoculants

Published: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Category: Technical News

Why Use Advance - Silage Inoculants

Advance® is a range of silage inoculants that have been specifically formulated by Micron Bio Systems to produce the best results in silages made from grass, legume, maize and whole crop cereal. 

The Challenge

Ensiling is the most efficient manner to preserve forage and to feed animals all year around. Achieving effective fermentation is of utmost importance in producing high-quality silage. Lowering pH as quickly as possible is key to maintain nutrient value as well as creating less favourable conditions for undesired microorganisms. Maintaining the aerobic stability in silage is critical as yeasts and moulds are major factors for aerobic deterioration.


Effective fermentation and aerobic stability is guaranteed by a fundamental principal of Advance® which contain a two-strain mix Pediococcus and Lactobacillus, proprietary to Micron, to assure rapid fermentation of sugars into lactic acid to drop a pH of the crop. Lactobacillus brevis acetic acid producing strain inhibits growth of spoilage yeasts and moulds.

New powerful enzymes identified by Micron’s R&D separate fibre from lignin leading to significant increases in digestibility of treated forages.

Freeze dried bacteria are present in a dormant state in silage inoculants and can be slow to become active when added to silage. Advance® Silage Inoculants contain specific components, which stimulate the bacteria to ensure maximum activity once rehydrated.

Economic Advantages of Silage Inoculants with Enzymes

Advance® Silage Inoculants are formulated to include a crop specific enzyme package based upon fibre types and levels.

Inclusion of an appropriate enzyme cocktail can result in further economic advantages by improving the digestibility of the silage. Enzymes that will separate cellulose from lignin are ideal. The rumen can then ferment the polysaccharides that comprise the fibre more efficiently, including cellulose before it is removed from the rumen still attached to the lignin.

A commercial trial conducted demonstrated the efficacy of Advance Grass Silage Inoculant to improve grass silage digestibility and the subsequent economic benefits. Over 100 commercial samples of Advance Grass treated silages were sent for nutritional analysis. The results were compared with a database of over 500 untreated silages.

Advance treated silages contained 9% more fNDF and fermentation lag time studies revealed that fermentation started more rapidly




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