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Silko for alfalfa is intended for the preparation of alfalfa silage/haylage, and its application is reflected in the higher nutritional value of silage and numerous other benefits that contribute to its overall quality.

Why is it important and how does Silko for alfalfa work?

The goal of preserving green plants by ensiling is to preserve their nutritional value for as long as possible and to obtain tasty and healthy food for the animals, as well as to ensure stable milk and meat production.

Silage is a product that is created in the process of preserving fodder by ensiling it with the use of natural microflora or adding inoculated, selected strains of lactic acid bacteria.

Since lactic acid bacteria are in very small numbers, and the sugars ferment according to the heterofermentative type, the fermentation flow is uncontrolled, and the silage is usually not of satisfactory quality, has no nice taste and smell and the animals are reluctant to consume it.

For that reason, it is recommended to use inoculants, i.e. special additives based on homofermentative lactic acid bacteria, because a high number of these bacteria is achieved in the beginning.

What is needed for successful silage preparation?

For successful silage preparation, it is necessary to provide anaerobic conditions by compacting, which prevents the growth of aerobic microorganisms, such as yeasts, molds, and putrefactive bacteria, which have a bad effect on the quality of silage and animal health.

Silko for alfalfa contains homofermentative lactic acid bacteria that produce enzymes that hydrolyze polysaccharides to monosaccharides and thus reduce the sugar deficit in alfalfa. It also contains a consortium of homofermentative lactic acid bacteria that are active at different pH.

Silko for alfalfa contains Lactobacilius plantarum and Peciococcus sp. Due to its chemical composition, is difficult to ensile alfalfa because it contains only 7% sugar. Homofermentative lactic acid bacteria produce enzymes that hydrolyze polysaccharides and release sugars that are converted to pH-lowering acids during lactic acid fermentation.

Lactobacillus plantarum is active at pH 6, and Pediococcus sp. at pH 5, which further lowers the pH of silage to 4. All this improves the digestibility of NDF and ADF fibers and preserves the protein in its natural form, which increases the nutritional value of silage.

Application of Silko for alfalfa:

  • For 20 t of alfalfa silage: Pour 100 ml of Silko for alfalfa into 20 l of water – to prepare 20 t of silage
  • For 50 t of alfalfa silage: Pour 250 ml of Silko for alfalfa into 50 l of water – to prepare 50 t of silage
  • For 200 t of alfalfa silage: Pour 1 liter of Silko for alfalfa into 200 l of water – to prepare 200 t of silage

Silage is should be made with standard technology. The plant mass must be well compacted and closed from the entry of air into the silo or bales.

Effects of Silko for alfalfa application:

  • Accelerated fermentation;
  • Increased aerobic stability of silage;
  • Improved digestibility of NDF and ADF (digestibility of fibers);
  • Preservation of proteins in their natural form;
  • Increasing daily milk yield and growth;
  • Reduced use of concentrate;
  • Reduced percentage of acetic and butyric acid;
  • Higher nutritional value of silage.

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