After researching the idea of a biodegradable bale wrap, students decided to visit a landfill and a ploughing match. One of their classmates was weaving corn stalks, and their idea hit them as they watched the waste from a ploughing match. The students also had family members who farm, and they saw the waste left behind. Eventually, they researched the biodegradable bale wrap and began developing starches. They then worked with local universities to produce these materials.
To prevent moisture and oxygen from escaping, use silage wrap on bales as soon as they’re baled. The higher the number, the thicker the wrap. The outer layer of silage wrap should have a UV stabilizer, and the inner layer should be more puncture resistant. Silage wrap has several layers, and the millimetre mark on each size refers to how thick the film is. Wrapping bales as soon as possible after baling will help keep the silage from fermenting or spoiling.
The benefits above make silage wrap the preferred choice for many farmers. Silage wrap is 100 per cent biodegradable and environmentally safe. With this benefit in mind, farmers can be confident that the wrap will not damage the bales. Farmers are delighted with the eco-friendliness of silage wrap. It’s also easy to use and recyclable, making it a great option for storing silage bales.
Net wrap for bales provides superior protection against moisture and deterioration during transport and storage when used properly. Twine and plastic wrap can cause a loss of up to seven per cent of dry matter, but net wrap sheds water and holds its shape better. This means that less loss occurs during weathering. However, the net wrap must be stored on a well-drained surface. Leaving it outside may result in greater dry matter loss.
A net wrap for bales can be secured with a string or a knotted knot. Once the net wrap has been secured, the bale can be moved to another location. If using a string, be sure to tie it securely. Removing the net wrap will be easier if you have bales with snow on them. Once the bales are in a safe place, you can take them to a pasture or a hydra bed.
If you bale winter feed, you know how time-consuming it can be. And it can be even more dangerous. If you don’t know how to wrap your bales, you could be losing valuable dry matter and risking spoilage. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to wrap bales so they won’t deteriorate in storage. Here are some tips to help you choose the best wrap.
First, use a high-quality twine. The higher-quality twine is more durable and will last longer than the cheaper twine. Twine can be up to 50 cents per bale, which means it’s an affordable option for producers who want to reduce dry matter loss. However, if you’re worried about the environment, you should consider the cost of solar-degradable twine. The price difference is offset by the extra time spent wrapping the bales.
Silostop bale wrap film is a highly durable material designed for use with various bale wrapping machines. This product has been tested on baling machines, including round and square balers, in-line wrappers, and combination bale wrappers. It works well on these machines because the film can be used in either one or two dispensers. For a more detailed comparison, read the product’s specification sheet.
The most important aspect of keeping silage at a high quality is removing oxygen. SILOSTOP protects forages from oxygen by up to 60 times better than standard plastic covers. Silostop is made from ethylene vinyl alcohol, limiting plastic’s permeability to oxygen. This prevents spoilage and increases DM recovery. Silostop also has a lower oxygen transfer rate than standard PE bale wrap.
Transparent Bale Wrap
Many farmers are opting to use transparent bale wrap to protect their silage, as it allows them to better monitor the quality of their crop. The transparent wrap is also aesthetically pleasing and offers UV protection. It also reduces the cost of bale wrap disposal. But there are some pros and cons to using the clear wrap. Here are some of them. Read on to learn about the benefits of transparent bale wrap. But remember, it’s only a temporary solution until better solutions come along.
The film used to wrap bales should be pre-stretched to a moisture content of between 55%-60%. Typically, four layers are required for bales to be adequately wrapped. When wrapped, the film should be at least 50% moisture content. This will help to minimize bale spoilage. However, the process of baling may not be as efficient for large scale livestock operations. Therefore, this information is provided for informational purposes only.