New forage inoculant proving its worth

February 23, 2022

New forage inoculant proving its worth

After 10 years in the making, New Zealand farmers and contractors have finally had the opportunity to try new bacterial forage inoculant technology. Feedback on the new L. Hilgardii bacteria has been overwhelmingly positive, with the unique combination of bacteria and enzymes in MAGNIVA® Platinum having a noticeable effect on silage quality, palatability and temperature.

According to Manawatu dairy farmer James Anderson, “it is really good stuff”. He says “the stack face was open for five days in poor weather before we got across it and there was no heating in the face or on the sides at all. Palatability has definitely increased, the cows just love it”.

Canterbury based Nagle Contracting used MAGNIVA® Platinum on maize and lucerne silage for the first time last season. They were “really impressed with how quickly the stacks could be opened and how much cooler this silage was”. They also found the product very easy to mix.

MAGNIVA® Platinum has been scientifically proven to significantly improve both the quality and aerobic stability of maize, wholecrop and other silages that are prone to heating. Using MAGNIVA® Platinum it is safe to open stacks at 2 weeks rather than waiting 6 weeks for any inoculant that relies on L.buchneri as its primary bacterium to keep silage cool. This is important when we consider what one month worth of feed is worth, especially in dry conditions or for autumn calving herds who often need maize soon after ensiling.

“Aerobic stability” is measured as the time for silage temperature to increase by 2 degrees. After 15 days of fermentation, silage treated with MAGNIVA® Platinum has 18 hours longer aerobic stability than silage treated with L. buchneri alone. At 30 days, it has 24 hours extra aerobic stability. Those extra hours of cool silage minimise silage losses when your stack face is open, or when it is fed out in advance.

MAGNIVA® Platinum combines the patented Lactobacillus hilgardii CNCM I-4785 bacterial strain together with the already proven L. buchneri NCIMB 40788 strain from Lallemand. The synergistic action of these two bacteria working together provides cooler silage faster than the individual bacteria used in isolation. MAGNIVA® Platinum also utilises the ‘fast starting’ bacteria Pediococcus pentosaceous strain and enzymes to help improve silage digestibility and fermentation. Cool silage means less dry matter lost, more metabolisable energy retained, less yeast activity and less mycotoxins. MAGNIVA® Platinum significantly improves long-term silage stability, so even in stacks that are not opened early, the aerobic stability benefits get greater with time.

For farmer James Anderson, the economics stack up. “It does seem like a lot of money to spend initially, but now that I have used it and seen how well it works, I wouldn’t ensile maize without it”.

Nutritech and Lallemand are proud to be at the leading edge of technical advances in silage inoculant technology. For more information contact your local Nutritech Area Manager.

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