Silomax is a range of silage inoculants that have been specifically formulated for different forage crops. Each product has been designed to contain 4 common components that have individually formulated to produce the best results in silages made from Grass, Legume, Maize and Whole Crop forages.
Silomax Grass contains lactic acid bacteria for fermentation control, a specific stabilising lactic bacterium for enhanced aerobic stability, specific enzymes for improved fibre digestibility in grass species together with microbial nutrients and microbial stimulants to ensure rapid activation and effectiveness following rehydration in water. Silomax Grass has been designed to achieve maximum effect in grass crops used for silage. Silomax treated silages deliver 0.45MJ/kg more metabolisable energy than untreated/non-Silomax treated grass silages.* Available in granular (25kg) and liquid (150g).
I. Role of Lactic Acid Bacteria
Silomax formulations contain a two strain mix, proprietary to Micron, comprising a Pediococcus which dominates the upper pH range together with a Lactobaccillus to drive the pH drop to completion Together they rapidly ferment a wide range of sugars into lactic acid to drop the pH of the crop. As the pH falls below 5, this stops the growth of spoilage bacteria and also inhibits the plant’s natural protein degrading enzymes. This results in a stable silage with minimum nutrient loss.
The production of the best quality silage depends upon the action of lactic acid bacteria rapidly converting sugar in the crop into lactic acid. The strains of lactic acid bacteria in Silomax have been selected to grow over the entire ensiling pH range
II. Role of Acetic Acid Bacteria
Silomax products contain Lactobacillus brevis which produces acetic acid to retard the growth of spoilage yeasts and moulds to give greater stability to silage crops and the TMR rations that they comprise.
One of the major losses that occurs in forage preservation is the spoilage and loss of dry matter that happens when a silage clamp is opened. While it was closed, oxygen was excluded from the forage and therefore aerobic spoilage organisms were inhibited. Now open, ingress of oxygen either at the face, or more dramatically when mixing a TMR, activates these organisms which rapidly proliferate. Initially yeasts, and subsequently moulds, utilise the lactic acid as a food source producing heat, feed value losses, palatability problems and ultimately limits on animal production.
III. Role of Enzymes
Micron’s R & D program has identified new and more effective enzymes for use in silage inoculants. Working in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, this research has determined what the correct combination of enzymes should be and the optimum amount of enzyme that should be used for different forage types. These breakthrough enzyme formulations have shown significant increases in the digestibility of treated forages with improvements of up to 20%. This has been achieved because these enzymes are effectively able to separate the carbohydrate from the lignin in the fibre, which fully translates into animal performance data.
Triple G farms
On an 1800 cow herd, milk production increased by more than 2 litres per head when Silomax treated silage was added to the ration. This extra production was lost when the treated silage was replaced with untreated material from the same source.
IV. Role of Microbial Stimulants
Freeze dried bacteria are present in a dormant state in silage inoculants and can be slow to become active when added to silage. Silomax inoculants contain specific components which stimulate the bacteria to ensure maximum activity once rehydrated.