Developed and manufactured at EnviroSystems UK in Lancashire, OptiSile Wholecrop is an organically approved silage preservative specifically for wholecrop and arable silages and is effective 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
All of which improve milk yield and help you make more money.
OptiSile Wholecrop 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 inhibit moulds, yeasts and Clostridia.
The combination of strains create fast, stable preservation, and maximise palatability and nutrient availability. The inoculant has proven effective on many farms, over a wide range of dry matters, including both very high and low 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 produced by homofermentative bacteria alone when you fill the clamp is not enough on its own to prevent secondary fermentation. [ref1]
EnviroSystems microbiologist Henry Russell 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 Wholecrop also apply to grass, maize, and other ensiled crops. Therefore, the action of OptiSile is just as relevant on any crop which can be clamped or baled and fermented. As well as OptiSile Wholecrop our range also includes OptiSile Maize and OptiSile Extra. Click below to learn more.
“Clamp remained 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 Fernihough, dairy farmer from Staffordshire
Andrew Parkinson, dairy farmer in 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 McWhirter, dairy farmer in Ballymena in 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 Pickford, dairy farmer in Staffordshire
“We’ve produced a stable clamp, very palatable product, no wastage and cow health is very good due to the bacteria strains.”
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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