A small innovative Serbian company developed and patented technology of feed ensiling. The new technology can establish anaerobic conditions in plant silo mass in only 2 hours which is 50 times faster than existing technologies. The company seeks partners through commercial agency agreement.
A small Serbian spin off company from Faculty of agriculture has developed innovative technology of ensiling plants on farms (in horizontal silos and in rol bale) which is the result of a complex research from numerous scientific disciplines. This innovative technology uses natural additives, and there is no need for addition of inoculants or enzymes. The target is rapidly removing oxygen from silo mass. The innovation has been on the market since 2013. It has positive response from the domestic farmers. The innovation is applicable for ensiling different species of plants, from corn plants rich in carbohydrates to alfalfa with high protein content. Equally good results are obtained at opening the silo 100 days (on private mini farms in Serbia), and at silos opening in only 15 days (government farm) where 500t of fresh corn where ensiled. The company performed all the necessary preliminary trials (weende, van soest, volatile fatty acids (VFA) analysis, quality assessment, microbiology analyses, nutritive value) in silage of different species of plants (corn, alfalfa, etc.) and different hybrids. Before market launch, the company carried out considerable research, with a single goal, easy and cost-effective application of the technology at the farm in order to obtain high quality of silage. In the period 2012-2013, studies were extended to the farm conditions using the new silage technology in practice for feeding cows, beef cattle and sheep. The innovation of new ensiling technology was tested on the commercial farm, with the aim of applying the present innovation on different days for the silo opening 8, 15, 40 and 100 day with quality testing of silage mass on farms in practical conditions. The analyses of aerobic stability indicated prolonged time (3 times longer than existing ensiling technology) of nutritive silage value preservation. It was remarkable evidence of increasing voluntary silage intake during the feeding sheep, beef cattle, dairy cows on different farms. The research was conducted in order to establish the relationship between the patented additives and the patented innovative technology solutions with the different quantities of plants that are ensilaged, the plant species and the specific conditions on the farm. The innovation has three main roles in the production of silage: 1. anaerobic environment is achieved more rapidly; 2. enables immediately the growth and development of the lactic acid bacteria, (shortening the aerobic phase), decreases the pH value and increases the amount of lactic acid in the silage which is preservative. At the same time, the antimicrobial and bactericide effect of used additives decreases the dry matter (DM) losses and preserves the quality of the silage; and 3. After covering the silo, prevents the heating of silo mass. Ensiling success depends on the proper development of lactic acid fermentation silo mass. Traditional techniques and current additives on the market are always included in the initial aerobic phase during ensiling, before the onset of lactic acid fermentation. This phase creates the greatest losses because it allows the development of undesirable microorganisms. This innovative technology shorten aerobic phase on only 2 hours, leading fermentation in the desired direction. The innovative technology is adjusted to the conditions on the farm and farmers do not have to purchase additional equipment. The company is looking for partners through commercial agency agreement. The company will offer in addition: services for controlling the application of the invention, services of silage experts, calculating the application of necessary additives each farm in particular, advisory services during the ensiling the different plants, advising for silage quality and ratio controlling.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
Type: Agro industry Activity: Agro feed company. The ideal partner is an agro feed company which produces and distributes feed premixes, concentrates, prestarter feeds, and other feed supplements for every livestock. The company who sells its products through distributors to large-scale integrations, large and medium-size livestock farms and domestic livestock keepers worldwide. Role: It is expected from the partner to include in their sales offer the company’s service of innovative ensiling and obtaining good silage for their existing and new customers. The role of the partner is to place good silage on the agro market.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market