Forage inoculant has become an increasingly important part of Bright Maize business. The requirement for livestock producers to make top quality forage has never been greater, and the need for a dependable inoculant ranks as a top priority for most farmers.
Bright Maize has a proven range of tailored inoculants to accommodate the full spectrum of dry matter situations for all forage types: these include grass, maize, whole-crop, Lucerne, and specialist high protein crops.
Fulfilling the highest set out regulations and standards, and using only EU registered bacterial strains and enzymes, these products are sold without additional marketing and pass on a meaningful saving to the farmer.
The products are ranked highly by farmers, advisors and opinion formers. Used on over 1000 farms in the UK, customers include several national award-winning farmers and several leading agricultural colleges.
Our armoury of proven, EU-authorised free enzymes and bacterial strains are:
1; k; 1 Alpha-amylase 18.104.22.168 B. subtilis DS098
1; k; 1 Beta-glucanase 22.214.171.124 A. niger MUCL 39199
1; k; 1 Xylanase 126.96.36.199 T. longibrachiatum MUCL 39203
1k20736 Lactobacillus plantarum NCIMB 30083
1k1010 Pediococcus pentosaceus DSM 23688
1k20745 Lactobacillus brevis DSMZ 16680
1k20738 Lactobacillus buchneri DSM 22501
Free enzymes (amylase, beta-glucanase and xylanase) attack starch, cellulose and hemicelluloses respectively, opening up the crop fibres and releasing sugars for subsequent microbial attack.
Homofermentative bacteria (L. plantarum and P. pentosaceus) produce a favourable fermentation profile, rapidly creating anaerobic conditions and lowering pH as they ferment sugars to lactic acid. This efficient fermentation results in the inhibition of spoilage organisms, increased preservation of dry matter and reduced protein breakdown.
In higher dry matter silages, prone to the growth of yeasts, moulds and other fungi, heterofermentative bacteria (L. brevis and L. buchneri) complete the reaction. These species ferment sugars to both lactic and acetic acids, L. buchneri being particularly worthy of mention, its production of acetic acid providing outstanding aerobic stability both in the clamp and upon opening and feedout. Some strains of L. buchneri have been reported to increase dry matter losses but this is not the case for DSM 22501 which actually reduce them – a special ability that was highlighted in EFSA’s Scientific Opinion prior to EU authorisation of the strain.
Application rates: the standard rate is 2 litres per tonne of fresh weight material, with the option of low dosage application, down to 40 ml.
for example, a 100tt sachet needs to be mixed with 200 litres of water for standard rate application.