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Major £-Savings From Protein Protection By Rapi-Ferm Silage Inoculant

Choosing the ultra-fast ‘rapi-ferm‘ silage inoculant OptiSile Extra can help you overcome this year’s high prices for bought-in proteins and address supply chain pressure to reduce soya use.

Rapid fermentation to a stable pH protects the protein content, which otherwise starts to degrade
unavoidably when grass is cut. Compared with other valid options for increasing silage protein such as cutting earlier and making an extra one or more cuts, selecting the best inoculant to protect the protein you do harvest has many fewer complications.

Each year since 2016, OptiSile Extra has been gaining big numbers of new users who want rapid fermentation when clamps are filled, then ‘stay-cool‘ silage when opened. Its unique and high powered rapi-ferm formulation uses three different bacterial strains for an immediate big hit and rapid pH drop, then stability when being fed out.

Of course, the main determinant of how much protein you start with is grass maturity. Both energy and protein fall as grass matures. As a result, silages at 70 or 65 D-value have protein levels typically 16% or 12% respectively.

If you have to fill this 4% gap with bought-in proteins, which all follow a soya price benchmark, the likely cost over a six-month winter could be as much as £8,000 for 200 cows at 8,000 litres/cow herd average.

By protecting more of what you harvest with OptiSile Extra, much of this can be saved. Incidentally, exactly the same principles apply to energy.

As raw material and freight continue to soar and with sustainability pressure building, protecting home grown feed stocks by choosing OptiSile ‘rapi-ferm’ inoculant is an essential component in helping to produce more milk from within the farm boundary by reducing bought in feed and helping your environmental footprint.