What to Know About Forage Inoculants

Pete Krolow, Certified Animal Scientist Shares Insight

Posted: 2/24/2023

Forage inoculants are additives used to improve the fermentation and preservation of silage or hay. Overall, forage inoculants can help to improve the quality and nutritional value of silage or hay, resulting in better animal performance and potentially lower feed costs. Pete Krolow, Certified Animal Scientist, recently shared insight into the benefits of forage inoculant.

“Forage Inoculants are viable cultures of lactic acid bacteria that when used properly emulate the fermentation of forages to help farmers making higher quality silage to feed their livestock,” said Krolow. Some of the benefits realized by customers using forage inoculants are:

  1. Improved fermentation: Forage inoculants contain bacteria that can improve the fermentation process in silage or hay. This can lead to better preservation of nutrients and a reduction in dry matter losses.

  2. Increased digestibility: Forage inoculants can improve the digestibility of the feed by breaking down complex carbohydrates into more easily digestible components. This can result in better feed efficiency and increased milk or meat production.

  3. Reduced spoilage: By promoting a more efficient fermentation, forage inoculants can reduce the risk of spoilage and mold growth in silage or hay.

  4. Better feed quality: Forage inoculants can help to preserve the nutrient content of the feed, resulting in better feed quality and improved animal health.

  5. Increased flexibility: Forage inoculants can allow for more flexibility in harvest timing, as they can help to preserve the quality of forage even if it is harvested at a later stage of maturity.

Whatever your feed needs, ProVision Partners Cooperative is here to help. From your dairy operation to your companion animals our experienced staff will give you the best possible customer service and offer the finest quality nutrition.

“We understand what a diet should look like, ”said Krolow. "ProVision Partners is available for your needs.”

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