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Study finds silage inoculants help cows produce more rumen microbes

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article image Silage inoculants can enhance a cow's milk producing abilities
According to a recent Agri-View article, a study out of the U.S. has uncovered that silage inoculants have the potential to increase the production of rumen microbes in cows.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) explains that “increasing the production of microbes in the rumen is the key to lifting milk production and composition,” so this is incredibly good news for dairy farmers.

It is believed that this is caused when the protein rich silage inoculants are added to livestock feed and ingested by the cows, because protein promotes the production of milk.

DAFF further supports this notion, explaining that “microbes use both true protein… and non-protein nitrogen for growth and reproduction.”

To put it simply, the more protein in the body, the more rumen microbes, and the more rumen microbes the better, as they are responsible for increasing milk production.

At the recent World Dairy Expo in the U.S., Richard Muck, research engineer, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Centre discussed the findings.

He explained that “inoculated silages from 3 of the 4 inoculants (researched in the lab) produced 8 percent more rumen microbes than untreated silage.”

He goes on to note that this means each cow could potentially produce up to four pounds (or 1.8 kilograms) more of milk every day.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition offers a range of silage inoculants, and they too have the ability to enhance milk production in your cows.

Trilac 3300 silage inoculants feature powerful enzymes that reduce energy waste and subsequently improve rumen digestibility.

The silage inoculants contain three strains of high performing bacteria - pediococcus pentosaceus, which reproduces at a rapid rate and Lactobacillus plantarum strains, which protect silage from yeast, mould and heat.

Studies conducted by Kansas State and Wisconsin Universities uncovered that the silage inoculants promote increased milk production in cows, so their effectiveness is both widely documented and proven.

Suitable for all dry matter crops, the silage inoculants are both versatile and high performing.

If you are looking to increase milk production in your cows and ultimately enhance your profit making possibilities, opt for silage inoculants, such as Trilac 3300 from Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

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