Benefits of Using the Best Silage Inoculant
Pasture and forage crops contains valuable nutrients which your animals use to produce milk or meat. It’s important to retain them. The type and number of acid producing bacteria present in your pasture or crop will influence the amount of dry matter and nutrients you lose in the ensiling process. Pioneer® brand products inoculants provide the right bacteria in ideal numbers for a fast, efficient fermentation. They help lock in nutrients and dry matter so your livestock can produce more milk or meat from every tonne of pasture or crop you ensile.
Pioneer® brand inoculants are unique.
Pioneer® searches for and finds specific strains of bacteria that perform well in a given crop to ensure our inoculants are the best silage inoculants on the market. These strains will spur appropriate activity to preserve forage and lock in nutrients. Pioneer® is able to combine strains that work together well to improve the initial preservation, the stability and the digestibility of the nutrients in the silage. Researchers have been able to produce products that do this in maize, cereal and pasture. The company’s researchers have access to a wonderful tool to develop these silage-making inoculants. Pioneer® possesses a large microbial strain bank to draw upon to formulate new and improved inoculants and provide growers with a range of seed inoculants for sale that protect and improve silage quality.
The Pioneer® bacterial bank
Pioneer® began building their microbial collection about 35 years ago. “We have 25,000 isolates in our collection,” says Bill Rutherford, Pioneer® Senior Research Manager. “We have multiple isolates from every continent except Antarctica. These isolates come from a wide range of habitats, so we have lots of diversity to work with,” he reports. In addition to traditional tests, Pioneer® can use molecular tools to locate the most-promising strains from the collection for a given crop. “We’re transitioning from a macro to a micro view, zeroing in on exactly what traits make a great inoculant,” Rutherford adds. Pioneer® uses the animal testing facilities on the Pioneer® Livestock Nutrition Centre to test new products much more quickly and thoroughly. The combination of molecular and traditional tests allows Pioneer® to target the promising strains and test more of them more efficiently than ever before. All strains in the Pioneer® microbial bank are naturally occurring, which means they are the best inoculants to use for silage. Researchers are simply looking for improved combinations to preserve, stabilise and in some cases, partly digest various forages. “It’s a natural process of nature that we’re helping,” Rutherford says.
Contact your local Pioneer® Seeds Australia representative if you require further information or have any questions about seed inoculants for sale or how best to use Pioneer® silage inoculants to protect and improve your silage.