HAY AND SILAGE
SILOSTOP’S Bale Wrap is designed to stop the entry of oxygen into any baled silage crops.
The film’s unique ability to be 100 times more effective at limiting oxygen entry into silage – when compared to conventional PE plastic film – makes it a must for producers worried about the quality of the forage being fed to their stock.
“The unique patented oxygen barrier properties of Silostop Bale Wrap prevents air from entering silage through the film,” technical service manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, David Lewis, said.
Aerobic spoilage of silage has been shown to reduce feed intake in dairy cows – leading to reduced milk production.
At a time when challenging margins means farmers are looking to make the most of home-grown resources, getting the conservation process right is vital with sealing and storage.
“Farmers need to be able to make the most of every kilogram of feed produced for milk production,” Mr Lewis said.
“Spoiled silage in the diet of livestock poses a hazard to animal health and can reduce animal performance.
“Yeasts and moulds reduce the nutritional value of the silage and can produce mycotoxins that can reduce feed intake and increase digestive upsets.”
Research has shown that because of the oxygen barrier properties of Silostop Bale Wrap Film, there is less mould on the bale surface and outer layers compared to bales wrapped with conventional PE bale wrap, especially after more than six months of storage.
“Quality silage is the key to dairy cow performance as this is one of the larger inputs,” Mr Lewis said.
“Spoilage of the outside 57mm is 25 per cent of the bale affected.
“Having this amount of waste or spoilage is like getting rid of one in every four bales.
“Don’t underestimate the cost of waste silage.”
Dry matter analysis following storage using Silostop Bale Wrap Film has shown a reduction in DM losses of over 40 per cent per bale compared to conventional films.
Combined with better pal- atability and animal intake, lower risk of rumen upset caused by mould and yeast and lower labour costs, this translates to a significant saving for producers.
Silostop Bale Wrap is multi layered for superior strength and can be run at 70 per cent stretch on round bales wrapped individually and inline wrapped.
The oxygen barrier technology has been proven in independent trials to be 100 times more effective than leading conventional brands of wrap.
This product complements the patented Silostop Orange Oxygen Barrier Film used to cover silage pits and stacks, along with the woven UV protection covers and gravel bag sealing weights.
WRAPPED: This faba bean and oat crop wrapped in Silostop Bale Wrap has high nutritive quality and palatability.