OptiSile Wholecrop is designed in the UK specifically for wholecrop forages and arable silages over a wide range of dry matters.
Contains lactobacillus strains selected carefully for higher dry matter forages
Rapid fermentation minimises nutrient losses and maximises palatability
Dry matter preservation is improved
Reduces heating problems
Prevents yeast and mould growth for…
Higher feed efficiency
Better animal health
Optimised gut metabolism
Vigorous rumen bug population
Fewer displaced abomasum cases
Ultimately increases milk yield and helps you make more money.
A three-strain combination of Lactobacilli developed by Envirosystems is employed in OptiSile Extra. One is the widely used L Plantarum, to support a standard lactic acid fermentation. The combination of the other two produce acetic acid, a proven inhibitor of moulds, yeasts and Clostridia.
Lactic and acetic acid in combination create fast, stable preservation, and maximise palatability and nutrient availability. During development, the formulation performed very well in scientific trials and it has proven effective on many farms, over a wide range of dry matters, including both very high and low.
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 generates acetic acid in the clamp as well as lactic acid.
Independent research published in 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]
“The unique combination of bacterial strains in OptiSile additives generates both lactic and acetic acid in the clamp” explains EnviroSystems microbiologist Dr David Adimpong. “This inhibits spoilage organisms throughout storage and also keeping 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 grass also apply to Maize, Wholecrop and other ensiled crops. Therefore, the action of OptiSile is just as relevant on any crop which can be clamped and fermented. Our range includes OptiSile Wholecrop and OptiSile Maize.
“Clamp remailed stable and cool even in the toughest year of summer 2018. It did exactly as promised. We’ve never had silage so stable despite the weather extreme last year that could have made it much more prone to becoming unstable”
Richard F from Staffordshire
Andrew P, Lancashire
“The most important aspect of ensiling wholecrop is stability and this inoculant certainly does that. The barley stays stable even in very warm weather and really well – it’s become an important part of our cows’ total mixed ration. This inoculant is a very cost-effective treatment for the wholecrop.”
James M, N. Ireland
“We want an additive that stops the wholecrop heating up in the clamp and reduces waste. It does a really good job. There’s no heating in the clamp and no waste. The cows eat everything.”
Jonathan P, Staffordshire
“We’ve produced a stable clamp, very palatable product, no wastage and cow health is very good due to the bacteria strains.”