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 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. 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 silagemaking inoculants. Pioneer possesses  a large microbial strain bank to draw upon  to formulate new, improved inoculants.

Pioneer’s 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. 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.