corn silage, additives, sodium diacetate, cattle
Whole-plant corn forage ensiled a t 65% moisture and stored in concrete stave silos for 200 days was fed in high-silage diets to growing beef steers. Approximately 84 tons of dry matter were stored in each of two silos. One silo contained forage which was untreated, while the other contained forage treated with sodium diacetate a t 1 lb. per ton of wet forage. Differences in feedlot performance of growing steers or in various chemical characteristics between untreated and sodium diacetate-treated corn silage were small and not significant (P>.05). Both silages had a desirable pH (3.8) and contained over 10% lactic acid in the dry matter, indicating formation of high quality silage. Recovery of silage dry matter was 85.6% for untreated silage and 86.8% for sodium diacetate-treated silage.
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Luther, Richard M., "Effects of Sodium Diacetrate on Corn Silage Chemical Characteristics, Preservation and Feedlot Performance of Growing Beef Steers" (1986). South Dakota Beef Report, 1986. 10.