Aerobic spoilage in maize and wholecrop silage

Aerobic spoilage in maize and wholecrop silage

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aerobic spoilage, caused by yeasts and moulds, is a major problem affecting higher dry matter silages, such as maize and if not prevented, it causes silage to heat up, and results in losses in dry matter and feed quality, and increased risk of mycotoxins.

Highlighting the issue, a recent survey among UK dairy farmers found that over two thirds rated preventing aerobic spoilage as their biggest challenge when preserving maize silage (research conducted by Volac).

A new additive for improving the aerobic stability of maize and wholecrop cereal silages has recently been approved by the German Agricultural Society, DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft).The Society based its approval on trials by three separate research institutes across Germany.

The additive, which was launched last year, contains two different bacteria – one to tackle aerobic spoilage and one to improve fermentation, which can also produce dry matter losses if it isn’t carried out efficiently.

Philip Jones

Agri R&D Manager

Volac International Limited

Tel:  01639 825981  

Mobile:  07710 625891          



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