Dairymen are always looking for a better way to improve the stability and digestibility of stored forages. With that in mind, Pioneer Hi-Bred has launched 11AFT inoculant, a product which improves the digestibility of fiber and offers a more consistent, stable silage, according to Kyle Whitaker, Pioneer marketing manager for forage additives.
"Alfalfa-specific 11AFT increases fiber digestibility and improves forage energy density, producing an overall higher-quality, higher-value haylage in the ration," explains Whitaker.
The fiber technology inoculants stimulate front end fermentation by rapidly dropping silage pH while retaining valuable nutrients. "Because of the increased aerobic stability, nutrients are conserved on the backend during feed out. This is accomplished by reducing shrink and improving bunk life of the silage face during feed out," continues Whitaker.
Through testing, 11AFT showed no silage heating and no reduction in feed intake.
"The most exciting result of Pioneer's on-farm studies was the feed cost savings due to increased nutritional value of the forages - around 4.7 cents per cow per day," notes Whitaker. "11AFT will be available for the 2011 alfalfa growing season."
Pioneer launched the fiber technology platform in 2008 with 11CFT, a corn silage inoculant and 11GFT, a grass and cereal fiber inoculant, the following year.