Q. What’s the best way to handle silage inoculants that contain enzymes?

A. There are many benefits to using a silage inoculant that contains enzymes. Enzymes help fuel the bacteria to drive a fast and efficient fermentation. Enzymes can also help with digestibility.

For some people, enzymes can be an allergen. For safety, we should assume allergic individuals will be involved and handle silage inoculants containing enzymes carefully. There are a few basic ground rules to use:

  • Handle products in a well-ventilated area
  • Wear gloves and respiratory protection
  • Avoid inhaling product particles, dust or mist
  • If an individual does develop an allergic reaction, e.g. asthma-like symptoms, remove the person to fresh air, keep him or her at rest in a position comfortable for breathing and call a poison control center or doctor.

These easy-to-follow safety procedures can help keep producers and their employees safe, which is always everyone’s first priority.

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