Developed and manufactured at EnviroSystems UK in Lancashire, Optisile Maize silage inoculant is organically approved and designed specifically for the STAYCOOL preservation of maize silage, providing:
Improved sugar retention
Cool, stable clamp face
Inhibition of Clostridia, yeasts and mycotoxins
Improved milk yield, helping you make more money
OptiSile Maize employs a three-strain combination of Lactobacilli. One is the widely used L Plantarum, a homofermentative bacteria to support a rapid lactic acid fermentation. The combination of the two other heterofermentative bacteria work together to inhibit moulds, yeasts and Clostridia.
The combination of strains create fast, stable preservation whilst maximising palatability and nutrient availability. The formula has proven effective on many farms, over a wide range of dry matters in the UK and abroad.
Yeasts, moulds and other spoilage organisms (Clostridia and Listeria) cause silage to heat up at the open clamp face and feed trough, commonly called secondary fermentation. This is inhibited by the STAYCOOL effect which protects the face of the clamp and continues working at feed-out.
Independent research published in the respected peer-reviewed journal, Applied Environmental Microbiology, identifies that a rapid lactic fermentation when you fill the clamp is not enough on its own to prevent secondary fermentation. [ref1]
EnviroSystems microbiologist Dr David Adimpong explains: “The unique combination of bacterial strains in OptiSile additives inhibits spoilage organisms throughout storage and also keeps the clamp face and silage in the trough stable and cool. If silage heats this mean feed value and money are being lost into thin air.”
So this ‘Triple-Action STAYCOOL effect’ has a big part to play in exploiting the full feed value of silage with minimal waste.
The research report [ref1] also states that using inoculants producing only lactic acid “leads to silages which have low stability against aerobic deterioration”
All the issues which apply to preserving Maize also apply to Grass, Wholecrop and other ensiled crops. Therefore, the action of OptiSile is just as relevant on any crop which can be clamped and fermented. As well as OptiSile Maize, our range includes OptiSile Extra and OptiSile Wholecrop.
“Has done 100% job in keeping it cool and fed out well with no waste whatsoever!”
David Moore from Devon
Roger Cooke, dairy farmer in Staffordshire
“Our maize is feeding really well and Optisile Maize has kept the silage stable and cool with very little wastage – even with high dry matter.”
James Rogerson, dairy farmer in Singleton, Lancashire
“It is important to feed enough silage in the TMR and not over feed concentrates. Once the diet is set and the herd is achieving the yield expected, challenge the silage by taking out concentrate and replacing with more silage. This way the silage is allowed to express its true potential.”
“All silage costs the same to grow and ensile. It is therefore worth spending a little more on a good inoculant to maintain all the nutrients and protect against spoilage and secondary fermentation – and get as much of the available energy as you can.”
For Your Benefit
✔ Easy to prepare
✔ Disperses evenly in water
✔ Can be applied straight away
✔ Specific strain inhibits clostridia & listeria
✔ Works at open clamp face and at feed-out
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