L.buchneri :The rest of the story Update

Lactobacillus buchneri bacteria were originally identified by researchers from buckets of corn silage that stayed surprisingly cool after being exposed to air for several days. These bacteria were isolated and grown in pure cultures to be used as an inoculant. These inoculants are promoted for preventing forage heating and spoilage after exposure to air. Before deciding to use a L. …

NDF digestibility – Are we on the right track?

Written by Lawrence R. Jones Monday, 03 February 2014 12:35 Read the Original Article Forage is an important ingredient in dairy cattle rations. However, it can be difficult to achieve high intake levels with certain forage-based diets. We have long recognized that NDF digestibility influences intake. In fact, researchers in 1999 made the observation that a one-unit increase in NDF …

A Discussion of SilagePro and Fermentation Prepared for: Consulting Nutritionist

American Farm Products – 30 years of experience in fermenting feeds faster and cooler. American Farm Products was founded in 1982 by William Absalom. The company initially focused on improving protein retention in alfalfa silage by using selected enzymes to accelerate pH drop which facilitated a cooler fermentation. The result was less bound protein because of less heating. It turned …

Using an inoculant to prevent shrinkage Silagepro

Preserving every pound of ensiled forage is always important, but severe drought conditions in many parts of the country mean proper ensiling is of utmost importance this year. According to Keith Bolsen, professor emeritus at Kansas State University, about 20 percent of the corn silage each year is lost to shrink. This loss comes at a cost of more than …

Prevention best option to limit ‘scours’

This article stresses the importance of using electrolytes in treating calves with scours so we thought it was important to share. ?AFP’s Source E is an extremely aggressive electrolyte supplement for the rehydration of calves who are scouring. ?   By Dr. Kevin Cox, DVM, TFC Staff Veterinarian Read Original Post As many farmers are in the midst of winter …

Inoculants: Insurance or Strategy?

Lawrence R. Jones, PhD American Farm Products, Inc. ljones@www.dream-guide.com There is little debate that well fermented forages conserve dry matter, provide the opportunity for higher forage diets and reduce purchased feed costs. The main reason to inoculate forages is to provide insurance that forages will ferment properly. Recently, I have calculated that with a corn price of $6.50/bushel, an incremental …