Use of acids as additives in sugarcane silage

Authors

  • Eric HCB van Cleef
  • Anibal C Rêgo
  • René M Patiño
  • Flavia O Scarpino van Cleef
  • Jane MB Ezequiel

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.rccp.324942

Keywords:

forages, formic acid, phosphoric acid, Saccharum officinarum

Abstract

 

Background: sugarcane silage often becomes a problem for the producers due to its high population of yeast and its high content of soluble carbohydrates. Objective: to evaluate the effect of formic and phosphoric acid on the chemical composition, fermentation characteristics, and digestibility of sugarcane silages. Methods: sugarcane was ensiled in experimental mini-silos. Five treatments were evaluated in the ensilage process (sugarcane added with 0.5 or 1% formic acid and 0.5 or 1% phosphoric acid, and a control treatment without additives). A completely randomized design was used. Results: the dry matter content of silages containing phosphoric acid was lower. Lower values of NDF, ADF, and hemicellulose were observed in the control and formic acid treatments. Conclusions: formic and phosphoric acids promote beneficial changes in the chemical composition of sugar cane silage.

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2015-10-02

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van Cleef, E. H., Rêgo A. C., Patiño R. M., Scarpino van Cleef, F. O., & Ezequiel, J. M. (2015). Use of acids as additives in sugarcane silage. Revista Colombiana De Ciencias Pecuarias, 28(4), 356–359. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.rccp.324942

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