Hay and Silage
The Biostart hay and silage preservative range is designed specifically to maintain feed quality and reduce spoilage. Our biological approach to preserving silage focusses on activating beneficial ensiling bacteria and inhibiting yeast and fungi in forage. Our biological approach to preserving hay relies on inhibiting yeast and fungal activity.
Preserve silage by stimulating the beneficial, naturally occurring ensiling bacteria. Certified organic version available.
Biological silage additive with natural ensiling bacteria for high-quality maize silage. For organics we recommend using certified Organic SilageKing.
How our range works
Our silage preservatives, SilageKing and MaizeKing, create high quality silage by inhibiting the growth of spoilage microbes responsible for decomposition and spoilage while at the same time activating beneficial ensiling microbes.
Our hay preservative, HayKing, creates high metabolisable energy and cooler bales by inhibiting the growth of spoilage microbes that use up feed energy, heat bales and produce mycotoxins that affect animal health. It creates high-quality bales even at a higher baling moisture level.
How to use our products
Silage Preservation Programme
Our biological silage programme is designed to activate natural ensiling microbes while suppressing spoilage microbes resulting in quality silage with high metabolic energy.
Apply SilageKing at harvest. We recommend the use of a Biostart applicator. Clean the applicator system to remove any product residues prior to use. To maximise SilageKing’s efficacy it should always be used in conjunction with good silage making practices. Certain factors e.g. moisture, compaction, sealing, and soil, fertiliser or effluent contamination, may impact SilageKing’s efficacy and/or feed quality.
|Standard round bales when whole plant dry matter is between 25–35%
|150 mL per bale
|Pit silage when whole plant dry matter is between 25–35%
|150 mL per wet tonne
Maize Silage Preservation Programme
Our biological maize silage programme is designed to activate natural ensiling microbes while suppressing spoilage microbes resulting in quality maize silage with high metabolic energy.
Directions for use
Apply MaizeKing at harvest. We recommend the use of a Biostart applicator. Clean the applicator system to remove any product residues prior to use. To maximise MaizeKing’s efficacy it should always be used in conjunction with good silage making practices.
Certain factors e.g. moisture, compaction, sealing, and soil, fertiliser or effluent contamination, may impact MaizeKing’s efficacy and/or feed quality.
|Apply 115 mL/wet tonne at harvest with a Biostart applicator.
Hay Preservation Programme
Our biological hay programme is designed to allow baling at a higher moisture level while producing high quality, cooler bales.
Directions for use:
Accurately measure the moisture content of all hay before baling using either a moisture meter or carry out a microwave test. Do not use HayKing if moisture levels exceed 24%.
If crop conditions change, the application rate can be changed from the cab using a dash-mounted controller. The controller enables you to regulate the application rate to meet light, medium or heavy crop loadings.
|Small bales up to 35kg with moisture level < 21%
|20mL per bale
|Small bales up to 35 kg with moisture level 21–24%
|25mL per bale.
|Bigger bales with moisture level < 21%
|500mL per tonne
|Bigger bales with moisture level 21–24%
|700mL per tonne
|Testimonial: Craig Hage, Agricultural Contractor, South Australia
Craig Hage likes Biostart’s HayKing because, “There is no stuffing around mixing batches and can be tipped straight into the tank on the baler.”
|Testimonial: The Horton Family, Lucerne and Oaten Hay Silage, NSW
The Hortons started using SilageKing after a client’s canola crop failed in 2018 and they haven’t looked back, they have been using SilageKing ever since.
|Ross Flexman Testimonial – Rural Contractor Magazine, August/September 2023 Edition
A HayKing and SilageKing customer started his contracting business two years ago and already has more than 100 customers.
|Feed more cows per bale of hay
The latest trials of Biostart HayKing reveal how it improves both the preservation and quality of baled hay.
|Feed more cows per bale of silage
Trials reveal how Biostart SilageKing improves both the preservation and quality of baled grass silage
Additional productsIf you want to get the most from your forage, we have these additional products to support you.
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