Production of high quality forages starts with superior seed varieties, continues with your production management and then finishes with harvest and preservation management.
AgMaster's bacterial inoculants are management tools that will aid in rapid fermentation, reduce dry matter loss, improve feed quality and extend bunk life. Good management practices such as harvesting at proper stage of maturity and ensiling at proper moisture levels are very important to creating high quality feed from the forage you worked hard to produce.
Bacterial silage inoculants convert sugars into organic acids, which drive down the pH of the harvested crop. The resulting low pH environment prevents respiration and protein breakdown, increasing the retention of valuable nutrients. Increased preservation of nutrients leads to higher milk and meat production.
Benefits of AgMaster Inoculant:
- Lowers pH quickly
- Reduces dry matter losses through cell respiration and heating
- Improves bunk life
- Long shelf life ensures maximum viability and activity
Recognizing that haylages, small grain silages, corn silage and high moisture corn all contain different fermentable sugars, AgMaster offers three crop specific inoculants:
AgMaster Haylage Inoculant
Haylage inoculant contains crop specific Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus acidilacti for a fast fermentation. Agmaster Haylage treats legume and grass mixtures, as well as small grain silages. Agmaster Haylage has been proven in both farm trials and university research to lower pH fast and save valuable nutrients. Additionally, university data showed an increase in milk production in dairy cattle and improved feed effeciency in beef cattle from cattle fed AgMaster treated haylage versus those fed untreated haylage.
Agmaster lowers pH fastHighlights: Agmaster treated haylage lowered the pH fast. A rapid drop in pH helps to preserve valuable nutrients and decrease spoilage resulting in better quality feed.
Average daily gain and feed intake for beef cattle
Untreated Haylage Agmaster Treated Haylage Average Daily Gain (lb/day) 2.42 lbs 2.62 lbs Feed/Gain 7.12 6.60
Highlights: Average daily gain increased 8% in cattle fed Agmaster treated haylage compared to cattle fed the untreated haylage
Cattle fed Agmaster treated haylage required 7.3% less feed to gain one pound of weight.
AgMaster Corn Silage Inoculant
Corn Silage inoculant contains crop specific Pediococcus acidilactici and Lactobacillus xylosus for improved fermentation and extended bunk life. AgMaster Corn Silage has been proven in both farm trials and university research to lower pH fast and save valuable nutrients, resulting in increased dry matter intake and better feed conversion.
Montana State University- AgMaster treated corn silage had lower pH, yeast and mold counts i.e. less spoilage and longer bunk life.
University of Manitoba- Increased dry matter intake, average daily gain and lower feed/gain ratio in beef heifers fed AgMaster treated vs control untreated corn silage.
University of Kentucky- Dry matter intake was 9.3% higher and weight gain was 36% higher for heifers fed AgMaster treated corn silage. Overall, animals fed the AgMaster treated corn silage gained an average of 112.2 lbs compared to 82.2 lbs for animals fed the untreated corn silage.
Advanced Agricultural Testing- Average daily gain, and feed conversion all improved when cattle were fed the AgMaster treated corn silage. The researchers also observed that the cattle fed AgMaster treated corn silage cleaned up the feed sooner and that the untreated group would not consume the coarser cobs whereas those fed AgMaster treated corn silage ate all the feed.
AgMaster LB Inoculant
LB inoculant is a premium buchneri inoculant that is superb for preventing heating of corn silage and high moisture corn. LB inoculant contains the Pediococcus pentosaceus and Lactobacillus buchneri. One challenge with corn silage and high moisture grains is the aerobic stability, or heating of these feeds during feedout. The heating of feeds in the bunk indicates the presence of yeast. This inoculant focuses on extended bunk life and is very effective in slowing yeast growth in both high moisture grain and corn silage. The acetic acid increase, resulting from the buchneri, inhibits yeast growth and prevents heating or spoilage during slow feed out. Additionally, LB can be used on baleage in operations where feed out is slower and heating occurs.
Corn Silage Aerobic Stability – Bunk Life: Hours to Spoilage
HMC Aerobic Stability – Bunk Life: Hours to Spoilage
Lower yeast counts
Increased bunk life
Less heating during slow feed out
Improved dry matter retention
More energy available at feed out
Increased milk production
AgMaster Dry Granular
One convenient way to apply silage inoculant bacteria is in the dry granular form. AgMaster inoculant is offered in dry granular form to producers who are not set up for liquid application. AgMaster Dry Granular is a combination of bacteria cultures mixed with limestone and applied to the crop directly, eliminating the need for mixing it with water.
AgMaster DG consists of Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus acidilactici. These strains of bacteria are capable of rapidly fermenting a wide range of crop sugars under different conditions. The benefit of using AgMaster DG is simplified product inventory by utilizing a non crop specific inoculant, and still effectively fermenting crops.