corn, grain, inoculant, fermentation, cattle
High moisture corn was ensiled untreated (treatment 1) or treated with one of three different inoculants (treatment 2 = lactobacillus; treatment 3 = lactobacillus + streptococcus; treatment4 = lactobacillus + serratia), each at two moisture levels (27.2% and 22.4%). lnoculant effects on fermentation were moisture dependent. The pH, acetate concentrations and dry matter losses were generally lower and lactate concentrations higher due to inoculation at 27.2% moisture. Overall, treatment 3 was somewhat more effective than treatments 2 or 4. Inoculation effects were generally less at 22.4% moisture. lnoculant effects on soluble N were small and probably of little nutritional importance. Aerobic stability was decreased by inoculation and lower moisture. Inoculation did not positively affect daily gain, feed:gain, feed intake or carcass characteristics.
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Birkelo, C. P. and Sorenson, D., "Effect of Inoculants on High Moisture Corn Fermentation Characteristics and Cattle Performance" (1991). South Dakota Beef Report, 1991. 10.