Studies on ensilage. 1. A comparative laboratory study of molasses and sodium metabisulphite as aids to the conservation of lucerne

Lanigan, G.W.

Austral. J. Agric. Res 12: 1023-1038


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Lucerne silage was made in the laboratory in small silos holding 5 kg with equipment for keeping them at required temperatures and for collection of effluent. In the first experiment the lucerne was ensiled at the pre-bloom or the quarter-bloom stage, at 37 degrees C with additions of up to 5% molasses. Compared with silage made without additive molasses gave greater initial production of lactic acid and reduced pH, in proportion to the amount added.