Grain prices are constantly increasing due to poor harvests in key producing countries, supply constraints on the rice economy and a fast-growing demand for biofuel. A price decrease is not expected in the coming years, which is why producers have to extract the highest animal performance from locally produced voluminous feedstuffs such as pastures, silages and industrial by-products.
The preservation of the feed value is an important topic for top animal development. The aim is to inhibit the growth of undesirable microorganisms and the spoilage of the feedstuffs, minimising the nutrient and energy losses. The main procedures for the preservation of feed are hay making and silage. Silage is the product of acidification under anaerobic conditions, preferably by means of lactic acid produced by lactic acid bacteria from plant sugars, of ensilable material.
The major advantage of silage is that crops can be harvested almost independently of weather conditions. Harvesting losses are fewer and therefore more nutrients are harvested per area. Ensiling permits the use of a wide range of crops and the use of silage inoculants has become a common practice over recent years. More and more producers are now using a range of different products which are available on the market. The choice of the right one is a key factor in reaching the expected results.
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