Have you Ordered Your Silage Inoculant?

SiloSolve is a silage inoculant that comes in two forms, SiloSolve FC, which is used 95% of the time on grass, maize or wholecrop, or SiloSolve MC which is used for wet or dirty silage, i.e. heavily contaminated with soil or slurry (due to lack of rain?).  There is also an organic version of SiloSolve FC available.

Most silage additives work on the principle of producing lactic acid.  High levels of lactic acid on your silage analysis are seen as being a good thing for your silage, it shows that silage is well fermented.   However, the rumen does not cope with high levels of lactic acid, due to it also being part of the pathway of converting starch into propionic acid in the rumen.

The principle behind SiloSolve is what is now being called “OxyCap Technology”, it’s about producing some lactic acid, as this is needed to help preserve the forage, but also to remove the oxygen in the clamp as quickly and efficiently as possible. Good consolidation helps to remove much of the oxygen in a pit of silage, while good sheeting and sealing of a pit will help minimise the oxygen in a clamp but some will always remain.  Oxygen in silage allows and supports the growth of yeasts and moulds, the two main spoilage organisms. It is this remaining oxygen that is used by yeasts and moulds to grow, creating heat and using up valuable silage nutrients in the process.  As long as oxygen is present, fermentation to preserve the forage cannot begin and spoilage organisms are busy using up valuable nutrients that would otherwise be available to the cow.

Yeasts and moulds love to feed on lactic acid, so failure to control them runs the real risk that once oxygen is allowed back into the forage at feedout, these organisms rapidly multiply causing heating, loss of feed value and the potential of toxin production.  Therefore, the key to making cool, stable, high feed value silage is removing oxygen as quickly as possible in the pit.

SiloSolve uses a different mix of bacteria than other additives because they not only produce lactic acid, but also scavenge all the oxygen as quickly as possible, usually all done by the time some other inoculants are only just starting their process of fermentation in the clamp.  Removing all the oxygen in the clamp helps “choke” the spoilage organisms, and therefore prevent spoilage. This rapid reduction in oxygen ensures that silage will start to ferment more quickly, reducing the pH and stabilising the silage, keeping it cool and fresh for longer. This means a reduction in yeasts and moulds by up to 98%. The huge reduction in the number of spoilage organisms means that there is a much-reduced risk of heating when the clamp is opened, and the silage fed. Nobody likes wasting silage!

The OxyCap Technology within SiloSolve:

· Removes oxygen from the clamp in a matter of hours

· Delivers a faster, safer, more stable fermentation

· Reduces dry matter loss, energy loss and the breakdown of protein

· Reduces yeasts and moulds by up to 98%

· Improves palatability for higher intakes

· Keeps silage cool, even at feedout, reducing the risk of expensive waste

· Reduces the risk of mycotoxin formation, helping to support cow health

· Allows early opening in as little as 7 days

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It is also important to ensure that once the silage is consolodated in the clamp it is well sealed and covered with an oxygen barrier sheets,  SiloStop sheets are proven to reduce oxygen transmission. Modern Silage films can produce a 7 to 1 return on investment (ROI) – Silostop Agr

If you would like more information on SiloSolve and SiloStop, please contact Louise on
07943 684215 or e-mail louise@dblbuyinggroup.co.uk