Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Ward, Stephanie H.

Committee Member

Rude, Brian J.

Committee Member

Ward, Jason K.

Date of Degree

1-1-2013

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Animal Science

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences

Abstract

Microbial inoculants are forage additive products that contain viable bacteria and sometimes a combination of enzymes. Bacterial inoculants are used primarily for two reasons; first to gain rapid fermentation and second to decrease or inhibit spoilage. Inoculants work by shifting the fermentation of forage crops. The shift of fermentation causes preservation of nutrients, dry matter (DM) and occasionally increases animal performance. Most inoculants contain lactic acid producing bacteria to aid in shifting fermentation to lactic acid and away from acetic acid and ethanol production; however some inoculants aid in aerobic stability enhancement by production of acetic acid.. Although most inoculants are homoermenters, two other types are heterofermentative and combination inoculants. Prior to inoculation a few things should be considered, has there been peer-reviewed research published to support claims made by the company and does the inoculant meet your overall goal (i.e. fermentation enhancement, aerobic stability enhancement etc.).

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/18514

Comments

dairy||inoculants||silage

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