If not fermented properly, silage can lose valuable energy, protein and fiber components that are often destroyed during the ensiling process. BioZyme Inc. has developed AmaSile, a natural silage additive scientifically formulated to reduce the time required 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 Manager 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 can help preserve more nutrients and dry matter, support lactic acid bacteria, improve anaerobic ability, lower pH, improve shelf life, and reduce heating/spoilage.
The production of lactic acid is what helps AmaSile lower pH levels of silage, and how it protects it from unwanted microbial growth, such as molds and Listeria monocytogenes during fermentation. AmaSile contains metabolites produced from a proprietary fermentation product, and does not contain live microorganisms. This helps it to remain stable throughout storage and application.
A research trial conducted by Dr. Chlou Keh-Ming, of National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, found 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.
“These findings are significant,” said Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales. “When forage tests high in ADF, its digestibility decreases, thus reducing the animal’s nutrient and energy intake. 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 and in any storage area. The recommended application is 1 ounce per ton of treated silage.