THE BENEFITS OF BALING & WRAPPING

THE BENEFITS OF BALING & WRAPPING

Baled silage has long proved its worth in providing nutritious, good quality winter fodder.

There are additional benefits for farmers: reduced labour requirements, lower investment costs and more feeding flexibility than clamp silage.  It is not surprising, therefore, that the practice of wrapping bales has been widely adopted in more than 50 countries worldwide helping farmers to feed their herds in a relatively easy, cost-effective manner.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE

Winter feed in the form of silage has always been a valuable resource but significant rises in animal feed costs have underlined the need to maximise yields from baled silage to get the most out of the summer crop. If carried out correctly, wrapping bales in silage stretch film creates an airtight seal that creates an ideal ensiling environment for crop fermentation. Provided that it is done correctly, bales should retain their oxygen-free condition throughout the storage period so that silage is properly preserved until feed-out.

CARE IS NEEDED

The key to achieving good silage is the creation of dense, well-shaped bales and the effectiveness of the airtight seal. Across the entire baling process from cutting to baling to wrapping to stacking and storing, there are risks from inadequate care or poor practices leading to spoilage and wastage.

A vital element of the bale wrapping process is the selection of high quality bale wrap to provide the best protection possible. The essential elements are superior strength, effective tack properties and UV radiation protection each of which in turn provide good puncture resistance, an airtight seal and protection from sunlight. Good quality bale wrap will stand up to the rigours of high speed wrapping equipment and the stresses placed upon it during wrapping, transport and storage. Poor quality bale wrap will result in stoppages, air ingress, inconsistent stretching and poor bale density. Go for the best for the best results.

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