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Using the correct maize additive

Maize silage is one of the riskiest forages in terms of preserving. Correct chop length will help improve the fermentation and reduce heating at feed out. 

Maize silage is prone to losses from insufficient fermentation. Using an additive can minimise losses by helping to control fermentation but also aerobic spoilage.

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Benefits of using an additive to produce faster, more efficient fermentation

  • Improve use of available sugars
  • Preserves more nitrogen as true protein
  • Reduces fermentation DM losses 
  • Minimises undesirable microbial activity 
  • Improved animal performance 

Benefits of using an additive to inhibit yeasts & moulds that cause spoilage

  • Less heating
  • Lower DM losses 
  • Less physical waste
  • Higher energy feed
  • Less risk of mycotoxins

ForFarmers maize additive options

Sil – All Maize 3 x bacterial strains and an enzyme complex. Improved aerobic stability and reduced DM losses. Heterofermentation plus cell wall breakdown.
Ecocool Lactobacillus plantarum for fast efficient fermentation and lactobacillus buchneri for reduced heating and spoilage at feedout.
Ecocorn Lactobacillus plantarum for fast efficient fermentation and potassium sorbate, effective inhibitor of yeasts and moulds that cause aerobic spoilage.
Pioneer 11A44 Reduces aerobic heating. Suitable for high DM crops. Good for silages with lack of compaction and long chop length.
Pioneer 11C33 rapid react Reduces aerobic heating and fermentation losses. Contains Lactobacillus plantarum, and lactobacillus buchneri. Fast fermentation for improve palatability. Can be fed 7 days after ensiling.
Pioneer 11CFT Increases fibre digestibility. Reduces fermentation losses and aerobic heating. Contains lactobacillus plantarum to releases enzymes to break down cellulose and lignin.
Advance Maize Reduces fermentation losses and aerobic heating. Contains Lactobacillus plantarum, Pediococcus and Lactobacillus brevis plus enzymes.


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Afbeelding: Maize additive shaker bottle

Losses are avoidable if maize is stored and clamped correctly and managed to prevent aerobic spoilage. Using an inoculant helps to encourage fermentation and will significantly reduce DM losses.

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For more information

For further information on maximising the quality of your maize, our range of additives or for forage advice please contact your local ForFarmers Forage Specialist or send us an online enquiry:

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