The benefits of using bale wrap in hay baling are numerous. It improves baling efficiency, reduces harvest losses, increases feed value, and lowers fuel and labour costs. In addition, it helps keep forages fresh longer and is more economical. If you are considering adding bale wrap to your next baling job, read on to learn more about the many benefits of this innovative netting.
Net wrap improves baling efficiency
Net wrap is a common baling material that improves the efficiency of the baling process. It is an effective method for reducing the number of turns, and the amount of hay wasted, requiring a smaller amount of energy. Compared to twine wrapping, net wrapping requires approximately two to three turns per bale and saves money by reducing fuel and labour costs.
Net wrap reduces dry matter loss during storage caused by plant respiration, microbial activity, and weather deterioration. In Wisconsin trials, the loss was only one percent, whereas the twine-wrapped bales lost up to seven percent. However, the loss of dry matter is higher in bales that were tied using sisal or plastic twine. In addition, net wrap helps keep moisture out of the bale, reducing deterioration caused by weathering.
Despite its benefits, a net wrap can pose several potential problems. It may interfere with cattle digestion and can damage machinery. Moreover, removing the net wrap from the bale is not a pleasant task. It is why producers should remove the net wrap after removing the bale. If they suspect cattle have ingested the wrap, they should immediately contact a large animal veterinarian.
The 459E Round Baler from John Deere offers Edge-to-Edge net wrap and other performance features. It also includes a BaleTrak Pro Monitor that allows the operator to monitor essential baler functions from the tractor seat. This baler is also fitted with an adjustable hitch that allows the operator to attach it to the tractor drawbar. This feature allows the operator to position the bale at the right height.
It reduces harvest losses
Whether for silage production or reducing losses during harvest, bale wrap helps reduce harvest losses. Using bale wrap to seal hay bales reduces the risk of losing valuable forage during transportation. It also increases productivity. However, it increases equipment costs by 25 percent or 40 percent. Therefore, hay growers should consider their operational bottom line before implementing bale wrap.
The advantages of using bale wrap include reducing damage to the bales. The wrapper also minimizes the distance a bale can roll. As a result, it reduces the risk of plastic. In addition, it can reduce the risk of bale deterioration when stored for long periods.
Hay that is properly stored with bale wrap retains its nutritional value. The wrapping method also influences the moisture content of the hay. Some growers use nets instead of twines to secure bales. This method improves productivity and reduces harvest losses. It also improves the quality of forage.
Bale wrap is a crucial step when storing hay in an open area. It helps prevent moisture from wicking into the bale. This action can cause as much as 12 inches of the bottom of the bale to be lost through wicking. Ideally, bale wrap should be elevated at least four inches off the soil surface. However, this is impractical for many operations. Therefore, choosing a location with good airflow and sun exposure is essential.
The hay may become too dry for baling. However, excessive losses are common if the hay leaves are still wet. A gravel base can help reduce moisture loss and make the bales easier to access. Moreover, a gravel base can help reduce evaporation.
It improves feed value
Using a bale wrapper in hay baling is a good idea for producers who want to increase the feed value of their bales. The process adds about $5 to $10 per bale, but it allows farmers to be more flexible about harvest times and weather conditions. There are several advantages of utilizing bale wrap in hay baling, including increased feed value and higher feed efficiency.
One of the essential factors in feed value is the moisture content of the bale. Generally, silage should have a moisture content of thirty to fifty percent at baling to allow for a good fermentation process. Fermentation will be more difficult if the grass is too wet or dry. Silage with a higher moisture content has a wider harvest window than hay with lower moisture content. If wrapping is done correctly, oxygen will be removed from the silage, enhancing the feed value. An excellent way to wrap a bale in the field is to use an in-line or trailed wrapping machine.
Bale wrapping can be advantageous for both farmers and dealers. It helps farmers harvest their crops at their ripe stage without the risk of spoilage. The plastic film that wraps the bale also improves palatability and feed value. As a result, a wrapped bale retains most of its feed value, while a dry one can lose as much as four percent.
While bale wraps aren’t new, many producers have begun paying more attention to them because of the dramatic increases in hay prices in recent years. According to the USDA, between May 2011 and May 2012, the average price for alfalfa rose by almost 17 percent. And by December of the 2011 calendar year, the average price of alfalfa was $195 per ton.
It reduces fuel and labour costs
Using bale wrap can save fuel and labour costs. The net wrap adds aesthetic appeal to bales, reduces tearing and increases marketability. It also improves bale integrity in storage and handling. It is particularly effective for round bales of chopped straw.
The wrap also protects silage from the elements. The plastic wrap on end-bales adheres tightly to one another, keeping silage protected from rain and snow. Once wrapped, plastic-wrapped bales require minimal maintenance after production. Unlike square bales, round bales are easier to store outside. The curved sides also reduce spillage and moisture.
Using bale wrap, producers can improve livestock feed and profits from bale sales. In addition, wrapped bales are more durable than unwrapped bales, reducing fuel costs and environmental impact. In addition to reducing fuel and labour costs, wrappers reduce their operation’s carbon footprint.
Bale wrappers are simple machines that are mounted on a tractor turntable. The wrapper wraps the bale in multiple layers of cling-wrap plastic film. The wrapper covers both sides and ends of the bale in one operation. It also seals the bale to separate it from other bales. The bales are then moved from one place to another using a front loader attachment.
The type of binding material used in hay baling is determined by the producer’s preferences and the equipment used. It is important to consider economics when choosing the binding method. Even a one percent reduction in wasted hay can add up to big savings in the long run.
It improves bale integrity
If you have ever pondered whether a bale wrap will help increase the integrity of a hay bale, you’re not alone. Many farmers have also turned to this technology to improve the efficiency of their baling processes. The biggest downside of bale wrap is the disposal of plastic film. However, it can significantly increase a hay bale’s feed value and palatability. In addition, if the bale is wrapped correctly, it does not lose feed value, which can be as high as 44%.
A study from Wisconsin showed that bales wrapped with net wrap were up to 32 percent more efficient than those wrapped with twine. While the net wrap is more expensive than twine, the research shows that it improves the integrity of a hay bale during handling. Net-wrapped bales also shed water more efficiently.
In addition, the film also prevents the outer layer of the hay bale from spoiling. While a dry bale can benefit from the wrap, the outer layer is susceptible to damage, especially if there is excess moisture and oxygen in the bale. The film’s darker colour can raise the film’s temperature and evaporate moisture from the outer layer of the bale. However, little research has been done on the effectiveness of darker films.
Net wrapping is an excellent option for hay producers with a high volume of hay. It offers uniform winding and precise edges, improving the integrity of the bale. In addition, it also reduces the risk of leaf shattering, which leads to lower protein content.