New Silage Additive Helps Minimize Nutrient Loss

Lizzy Schultz

Amasile-image BioZyme® Inc. recently announced the development of AmaSile, a natural silage additive that is helping to stabilize the fermentation process, reduce the time required by silage to properly ferment, minimize nutrient loss, and reduce spoilage by undesirable bacteria.

“AmaSile works to stimulate the growth and development of beneficial microorganisms that speed up and stabilize the fermentation process,” said Dorothy Orts, Area Sales Manger for BioZyme. “The results are a stable, highly palatable and more digestible silage that promotes feed and energy intake and improves animal performance. Producers who use it appreciate how cool the silage stays right after chopping and how fresh it remains until the pile is gone.”

AmaSile helps to preserve more nutrients and dry matter, improve anaerobic ability, and support the production of lactic acid. Lactic acid works to lower the pH, improve shelf life, and reduce heating and spoilage. The product contains metabolites produced from a proprietary fermentation product, and, unlike silage inoculants, does not contain live microorganisms, which allows it to remains stable throughout storage and application.

A research trial at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan concluded that cows fed corn silage treated with AmaSile during the summer exhibited greater dry matter intake, an average milk increase of 3 lbs., and increased weight gain than the control group fed untreated silage. The winter trial showed lower dry matter intake with 3.5 lbs more milk and increased weight gain. The trial found that corn silage treated with AmaSile also exhibited a lower pH, a higher percentage of lactic acid, a lower percentage of acetic and butyric acids, decreased Neutral Detergent Fiber and Acid Detergent Fiber, and a higher percentage of crude protein and protein fraction A.

“When forage tests high in ADF, its digestibility decreases, thus reducing the animal’s nutrient and energy intake,” said Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales. “Equally important are the NDF values, which reflect the amount of forage the animal can consume. When NDF percentages elevate, dry matter intake generally decreases. AmaSile has been proven to reduce ADF and NDF values in silage, which are proven to improve feed intake and animal performance.”

AmaSile can be used on any forage, in any storage area including piles, bags and pits, and is available in a 2.5 gallon size, which can treat up to 320 tons. Find more information about AmaSile here.

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