Fermentation is at the core of what we do at Alltech, and silage-making happens to be the largest industrial fermentation process around the world. The Egalis range of products brings together our more than four decades of expertise in fermentation, utilizing strains of bacteria that were specifically selected by our scientists to maximize nutrient and dry matter protection and improve animal performance.
Together with our on-farm support team and through our range of analytical services, we help improve fermentation to produce quality silage, enabling you to hold onto more of what you grow, from field to feed passage.
The basics of fermentation
Fermentation is loosely defined as the breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeast or other microorganisms. In silage, a natural fermentation process, which takes place in the absence of oxygen, breaks down the plant sugars in the forage crop and converts them into acids. These acids drop the pH of the silage and help prevent the development of molds and fungi.
Keys to fermentation:
- A reduced amount of oxygen present
- Adequate sugar levels and carbohydrates to promote bacterial activity
- Appropriate composition and temperature and suitable numbers of microbial bacteria
- Proper harvest moisture
The role of Egalis
Suitable for use on all forages, Egalis efficiently and rapidly drives fermentation to a stable, final pH. It is comprised of specific strains of Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus pentosaceus, which work in conjunction to rapidly lower the pH to a more even and suitable number. This more controlled fermentation offers more consistent and better-quality silage for your animals, which helps you maintain optimal animal performance.
Benefits of Egalis:
- Maximizes forage quality
- Aids in nutrient retention
- Reduces dry matter losses
- Drives sustainable feed usage