Producers researching silage inoculants for the season ahead will find a number of products containing Lactobacillus buchneri. Different products contain different strains of L. buchneri and use different application rates.

Only the high-dose rate — at 400,000 CFU per gram of fresh forage and 600,000 CFU per gram HMC — of L. buchneri 40788 has been reviewed by the FDA to allow the claim “for improved aerobic stability of silage and high moisture corn stored for not less than 60 days.” This approval was based on a large dataset submitted to the FDA.

For example, this meta-analysis of 26 different published studies using L. buchneri 40788 shows only the high-dose rate of L. buchneri 40788 is effective at improving aerobic stability.1

It’s also the most reliably effective. In a study done by the USDA Forage Research Center over three years, only the high-dose rate of L. buchneri 40788 was effective at improving the stability of corn silage across all three years.

In addition to improving stability of the silage, L. buchneri 40788 at a high-dose rate is also uniquely proven to improve the TMR stability when the ration is produced with treated silage. This helps prevent losses in both the silage and the TMR — saving producers valuable feedstuffs on two fronts. L. buchneri 40788 also has been proven globally on a wide range of forages across a wide range of conditions.

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1 Kleinschmit DH, Kung Jr. L. A meta-analysis of the effects of Lactobacillus buchneri on the fermentation and aerobic stability of corn, grass and small grain silages. J. Dairy Sci. 2006; 89:4005-4013.