Quality, enzyme-based silage inoculants can enable you to get more from what you grow, unlocking more energy potential from the fibrous portion of ensiled forage, supporting increased milk production and growth.
Plants store energy as sugars and make long chains of sugar molecules in many patterns that support the plant and transfer nutrients from the ground to the leaves. Some simpler sugars are easily available to rumen flora and are converted quickly to energy. These are commonly from the soft parts of the plant, such as the leaves and from the insides of plant cells. Other sugars are “locked away” in complex structures that form the tougher parts of the plant, such as the stem, flower stalk or cell wall. These need to be broken down by the rumen flora before they can get access to the smaller molecules. Breaking down these sugars can cost the flora in energy, which ultimately means less energy efficiency of the rumen and less milk potential. Common, complex plant sugar molecules are forms of fibre, such as xyloglucan, cellulose and lignin.
Natural enzymes can help to break down these molecules without costing the rumen flora in energy themselves. Different combinations of enzymes can be chosen which act together to break down fibrous material and provide more readily available energy to rumen flora.
Micron Bio-systems’ Advance range of silage inoculants contain a uniquely selected combination of Xylanase and Cellulase enzymes, which have been proven to break down fibre in forages and provide more potential energy to rumen flora, and thus more energy to direct into milk production from forage.
Q: Why is Advance crop specific?
A: Forage crops are all different when it comes to fibre, this is why the enzymes in Advance inoculants are carefully balanced to optimise their effect on breaking down the fibre to increase digestibility.
Each product of the Advance range has been tested to ensure that each enzyme contributes to the ensiling process in a positive way.