Application of lactic acid bacteria as starter cultures for the conservation of green forages: 4th Communication. Results from ensiling experiments in small scale silos

Albrecht, C.; Venus, J.; Idler, F.; Schade, W.

Wirtschaftseigene Futter 38(2): 131-137


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The efficacy of 4 selected strains of Lactobacillus plantarum for the conservation of green forages was investigated in steel drums of 200 l capacity. The sufficiently high dry matter content of the crop (240 g/kg after wilting for 36 hours) and the careful ensiling technique created favourable conditions for a process with low fermentation losses. However, such an optimum situation can hardly be achieved in farming practice. In spite of that the addition of the starter cultures resulted in a higher lactic acid production and correspondingly in a deeper decline of the pH-value if compared to the respective control treatments. As expected, the other forage parameters remained largely unaffected. In order to provide extended knowledge about the effectiveness of these new silage additives the experiments have to be continues under practical conditions with different green forages and with enclosed feeding trials.