Given current high energy and protein costs, it is important for livestock producers to increase production from their silage and enhance silage quality. Corn silage is one of the main feedstuffs used for dairy and can represent up to 75% of the daily intake. That’s why it’s essential to maintain a high forage quality and feeding value and reduce losses caused by yeasts and mold growth. A survey has shown that more than 70% of producers have silage aerobic stability problems, which increases the silage temperature at feed out causing increased dry matter losses and palatability issues.
This trial was conducted at La Salvarderie farm in France (3 partners, 75 dairy cows for 700 000L) and 210 hectares.
The weight of silage at harvest was 203 tons of DM and the weight of the silage feed out from the silo was 191 tons of DM. The result was a 12 ton difference, which represent 5.9% of DM losses compared with the 15.7% presented by Ruppel, which proposes a table of theoretical losses vs density in Kg of DM/m3 of silage.
La Salvarderie farm owner, Franck Sage : “We have been systematically using LALSIL inoculants for 3 years now on corn, alfalfa, and fescue silage, if you save 10% losses, you can free forage area in favour of crops destined to be sold. Moreover, since we are treated all silages, there is no more bad smell, mold , that’s why we don’t want to stop LALSIL use, even on corn.”