McHale Fusion 3 Plus Bale Wrappers Increase in Popularity
The number of bales wrapped last season by McHale Fusion 3 Plus bale wrappers using the Film & Film system has doubled over the previous season and is set to rapidly expand in the silage market over the coming years.
The 100% recyclable mantle film replaces the traditional netwrap used to bind crops into a bale format.
Silotite balewrap is a five-layer, high-performance wrapping film.
With 5 layer technology, all the mechanical aspects of the balewrap (strength, puncture and tear resistance, elasticity, UV stability and cling) are maximised resulting in a reliable, stable, high performing quality balewrap.
Clearly, the market is now aware of the new technology and key customers are requesting the five layer balewrap film.
A good example of a modern baled silage contractor is Eddie (father) and (son) Gavin Hartnett who hail from Ballynoe, Conna, Co. Cork.
Last year using a McHale Fusion they wrapped around 5,000 bales for local beef and dairy farmers using the Film & Film system.
Their customers who have a choice between netwrap and using the F & F system were delighted with silage quality according to Eddie.
As can be seen from this video clip the Hartnett family have the best of silage equipment.
Their modern machinery includes three John Deere tractors (a 6150R, 6830 and 7430 purchased from Sam Power in Castlelyons.
Along with a McHale Fusion 3 plus bale wrapper, supplied by Atkins Ltd and a Krone rake they bought from Jim Power in Tallow.
The overall benefit is that this innovative system reduces the cost of making baled silage and, when applied properly, delivers mould free silage for feeding to valuable livestock.
The Film & Film wrapping system is also more environmentally friendly and less labour intensive as, unlike netwrap, both films can be recycled without the need for segregation of the netwrap.
Excellent trial results have been obtained in Britain by Dr Dave Davies of Silage Solutions Ltd, who acts as an independent consultant to the Silage Advisory Centres.
Dr Davies is a well-known forage expert and is a former Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research (IGER) at Aberystwyth in Wales.
For example, a dairy farmer could gain an average of 5.7kg DM (Dry Matter) per F & F bale so the 67.26 MJ ME averagely gained for each of the Film & Film bales could give an additional 11.6 litres of milk production.
Or for a cattle farmer, each F & F bale could give an additional 1.5 kgs of beef production.
Last year was an excellent year for baled silage due to the excellent grass growing and weather conditions.
It is estimated that the number of bales ensiled was up by at least 10%.
Demand for baled silage was also good as livestock numbers have increased significantly.
Indeed according to the CSO in June 2016 the total number of cattle was 7,221,200, an increase of 257,700 (+3.7%) in June 2015.
The number of dairy cows increased by 102,100 (+7.9%) and cattle 1-2 years increased by 148,200 (+8.7%).
Total sheep numbers were up by 37,100 (+0.7%) to 5,175,800 while breeding sheep were up 0.8% and non-breeding sheep up 0.7% so more livestock around to consume this extra silage.