The ultimate goal of silage preservation is to reduce oxygen and rapidly boost acidity so lactic acid bacteria can grow to stabilize and preserve the forage. Additives, such as bacterial inoculants, improve the growth of lactic acid bacteria and, therefore, the production of acid. There are a number of different types of additives, such as bacterial inoculants, nutrients, organic acids, and enzymes that may enhance fermentation.

Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois extension dairy specialist, offers practical advice in a recently released video on the specific benefits of utilizing silage inoculants and other additives, how and when to use them, and their economic impact.

View the video below.