Thanks to modern manufacturing and technological advancements in producing farm-related tools, it has become more convenient and practical to store food and supplies for cattle and other farm animals. One of the most significant improvements in the past couple of decades is the development and eventual use of bale wrap. Today, there is no doubt that baleage is an integral component of your farm’s feeding program.
There, in fact, are several advantages of baleage. For instance, it allows for a simpler, quicker, and more convenient way of feeding. It can quickly be fed either in bales or rings, which are fast for unrolling in the field. As a result, there is minimal, if not zero reliance on machinery compared to other ways of storing silage.
As mentioned earlier, there now are different baleage systems for you to choose. Apparently, the most common is the bag. It was prevalent back in the old days to use this material for storing bale, but the method was not efficient and sustainable since it was arduous and pricey. The process required the sliding of a bag on each bundle and followed by sealing done at the end. If it involves a small operation, this process is feasible since there no longer is a need for renting or using additional equipment. It allows for small amounts to be processed and fed. However, the most glaring disadvantage is the fact that sizing hay bales to fit in the bags takes hours and a ton of effort.
The next type of baleage is hay wrap, or usually called spear type. It involves the use of a hay wrap machine that is affordable compared to other similar systems. It works by spearing a bale using a long rod and then spinning it using a hydraulic system. It is followed by stretching the plastic film on the bale’s outer circumference. The most notable advantages include low equipment cost and minimal investment in plastic for each bundle.
Also, another type called the bale wrap or individual table type is increasingly becoming more popular these days. It is a practical product for completely wrapping a bale on all sides. You can use machines for picking up the bundle from the ground, placing them on a table (hence the “table” name), where spinning and rolling commences, the purpose of which is to allow a complete wrap using plastic stretch film. Bale wrap’s popularity owes to the fact that there is a minimal investment for equipment, plus it offers an air-tight seal. It means that sealing of the bale is carried out individually, preventing further damage in case one plastic seal breaks. Apparently, losing one bale is tolerable since others are not affected. The only disadvantage is that bundles are prone to damage when handled after wrapping. Hence, avoid treating them unless it is feeding time.