Quality of Corn Silage Inoculated with L. Buchneri and P. Pentosaceus
Kaletsch, Kellie Nichole
AdvisorWard, Stephanie H.
CommitteeRude, Brian J.
Ward, Jason K.
Microbial inoculants are forage additive products that contain viable bacteria and sometimes a combination of enzymes. Bacterial inoculants are used primarily for two reasons; first to gain rapid fermentation and second to decrease or inhibit spoilage. Inoculants work by shifting the fermentation of forage crops. The shift of fermentation causes preservation of nutrients, dry matter (DM) and occasionally increases animal performance. Most inoculants contain lactic acid producing bacteria to aid in shifting fermentation to lactic acid and away from acetic acid and ethanol production; however some inoculants aid in aerobic stability enhancement by production of acetic acid.. Although most inoculants are homo-fermenters, two other types are heterofermentative and combination inoculants. Prior to inoculation a few things should be considered, has there been peer-reviewed research published to support claims made by the company and does the inoculant meet your overall goal (i.e. fermentation enhancement, aerobic stability enhancement etc.).