2017-04-24  

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Visqueen Launches Seven Layer Hi Tech Silage Cover

Having provided exceptional crop protection for over 4 decades, the high-performance VISQUEEN silage sheet range continues to evolve and advance.

Following a significant £4m investment in its manufacturing infrastructure in Britain, Visqueen has taken another innovative leap forward with the recent introduction of a seven Layer Technology silage sheets.

Clingseal Clamp

Clingseal Clamp

Having led the market almost a decade ago with five Layer Technology films, VISQUEEN has now commenced seven Layer blown co-extrusion manufacturing that maximises the individual performance characteristics of a silage sheet.

To the naked eye, one silage sheet can appear similar to the next.

However, viewing the latest VISQUEEN silage sheets at a microscopic level reveals how seven individual layers are brought together to form one uniquely strong yet versatile and lightweight film structure.

With seven layers to choose from additives and other raw materials can be inserted with greater precision during the manufacturing process to create dedicated film layers for performance characteristics such as UV protection, puncture resistance, tear resistance and strength.

Such technically advanced manufacturing processes ensure that all the mechanical aspects of the film are maximised resulting in a reliable, stable, high performing silage sheet. Being lighter, VISQUEEN silage sheets are easier to handle and apply to silage clamps of all sizes.

The advanced manufacturing techniques employed during their production enable smoother gauge control to deliver a consistent film thickness across the whole sheet which, in turn, provides an enhanced oxygen barrier and a more consistent level of protection across the clamp surface.

The durable VISQUEEN silage sheet range is strong enough to withstand the rigours of the tough farm working environment where its robust impact features help to prevent tears and splits occurring during the clamp sheeting process.

According to Teagasc, research first cut grass silage costs approx. €130/tonne DM utilised while second cut grass silage costs approximately €150/t.

So when making a silage clamp costing in the region of €8000 to €15000 consider using the best quality silage cover available and how low the percentage of the overall cost that the silage sheet is.

Grass silage thus accounts for 20-25% of total annual feed per cow on well-run dairy farms, and up to 30% of total feed on beef farms depending on the production systems in place.

Over 85% of farms in Ireland make silage each year, and the estimated cost of harvesting over 1 million ha of grass silage exceeds €500 million annually. Clearly this is a significant cost component of our ruminant production systems.

Under commercial silage making conditions, research has shown that total dry matter (DM) losses of 25pc can be expected from field to feed out, whilst in-silo losses of 5pc to 18pc are typical.

Research by Teagasc and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute at Hillsborough has confirmed similar storage losses for clamp silage made in Ireland.

According to Sean O'Connor, General Manager Ireland the new Visqueen silage covers will be available this year on the Irish market from Agri merchants and co-op stores.

Reducing DM losses at harvest and feed out is often overlooked as a potential means of improving silage value.

High losses add significantly to the cost per tonne of silage fed and increase the requirement for more expensive purchased feed.

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