Farmers have always feared inadequate fermentation and low levels of fermentable carbohydrates in the silage used for their cattle. Fermentation loses and dry matter loses have often caused a great deal of damage to the farmer’s pocket as well as the cattle. So, what if you could control the fermentation loses while improving the performance of the cattle? That is exactly where the Silage Inoculants come into the picture.
Silage Inoculants are additives containing anaerobic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that are used to manipulate and enhance fermentation in haylage (alfalfa, grass, cereal) and corn silage. The result is not only a better fermentation process but also increased retention of essential nutrients in the silage. The commercial inoculants contain common LAB like Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, various Pediococcus species and Lactobacillus species. These species and strains of bacteria are carefully chosen due to their fast growth cycles and Lactic Acid production capabilities. Lactic acid is preferred output of fermentation as it is stronger than ascetic acid and has almost the same amount of energy as the original sugars.
These Bacterial Silage Inoculants are very effective in enhancing the fermentation process and reduce the pH level of the silage. Once the fermentation process is changed, the end products contain more Lactic Acid and less ascetic acid and ethanol. These additives also help in reducing the level of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as high amounts of CO2 can lead to Dry Matter Loss or Hay “Shrink”. The improvement in the animal performance is also substantial. It is important to remember that different types of Silage Inoculants have varied effectiveness levels based on the crop and usage patterns. One should pay close attention to it before using it as the effectiveness rages from mediocre to high performance.
Due to increasing health consciousness in people around the world, the demand for better dairy and meat products has increased rapidly. And to meet the growing demand, major player in the market are moving in on Silage Inoculants to improve their silage yield and animal performance. The Global Silage Inoculant Market is estimated at USD 249.84 million right now and is expected to reach USD 305.43 million by 2021 by Market Data Forecast’s research team, growing at a CAGR of 4.1%. Major Players like Cargill, ADM, Dupont, Volac, Nutreco, Lallemand, ForFarmers, CHr.Hansen have started investing in their R&D departments. Existing companies such as ADM and Nutreco have been actively involved in acquisition of regional players to strengthen their market presence.
The Global Silage Market is split into various segments based on the type and application of the additive. Lactobacillus plantarum is the most widely demanded additive due to its diverse applications and accelerated life cycle while the others include Pediococcus pentosaceus, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus buchneri, Lactobacillus brevis, Propionibacteria freundenreichii. Alfalfa, Grass and Cereal crops are known to respond well to LAB inoculants where Cereal Crops dominate the demand. The Silage Inoculants Market is expected to grow at an advantageous rate in the near future. But lack of proper knowledge and awareness among farmers about the usage, advantages and the improper use of a few silage inoculants are few factors that hinder the growth of this market. Companies and researchers are trying their best to remove the hindrances and improve the silage quality and animal performance.
Currently, North America dominates the Silage Inoculant market with a surprising share of 26% while Asia-Pacific is said to be the fastest growing market due to increase in dairy/meat consumption, rapid industrialization of livestock industry and the changing weather conditions. Interested to know more about the Silage Inoculant Market – Get the insightful Market Research Report by Market Data Forecast. Grab a Free Report Sample now and unlock the doors to capture the market. To get all the latest updates on the Agricultural Industry, follow our Blog and subscribe to our Newsletter now!