Silage wrap is one of the leading products for bale wrapping. Make the most out of this product by following five useful tips that will maximize its usage.
The silage film is one of the essential materials used for bale wrapping. It offers superb storage and protection from outside elements. You can even use it multiple times due to its durability. But despite that, silage film can deteriorate faster if you’re not using it properly. If you’re looking to use this product, you need to know several tips on making the most of it. There are several ways you can make the most out of silage film, which we will talk about in this article. Learn how to maximize the usage and potential of silage film and produce better fodder!
Store the Roll in a Horizontal Position on an Even Surface
When storing your rolls of silage, make sure you store them in a horizontal position on an even surface. You can roll the silage film up around the outside of your bale and then secure it with twine to form a tight seal for better storage.
If you’re using loose rolls, make sure that they are stored vertically or horizontally (depending on how tightly rolled). Don’t toll your silage film on its side. Make sure you handle the roll with care during storage and avoid bending it or tightly rolling it.
Silage film must be stored in a cool, dry place and should not exceed 120°F (49°C) temperatures to avoid heat damage and deterioration of the material. Avoid storing silages at high humidity levels as well because this can cause mould growth on the surface and inside of your bales.
Use the Right Equipment When Un-Rolling Your Bales
It’s also important to use the right equipment when un-rolling your bales. Use a spooler or reel to avoid damaging the film while you’re handling it and make sure that you have a knife handy in case of any problems with cutting off excess material after wrapping.
The good idea is to leave about 12 inches (30 cm) of extra film on each side of the bale to be used for wrapping. Always cut off any ragged edges or portions that are damaged before you start your next silage wrap.
Don’t Over-wrap Your Bales
One mistake people commonly make when using this silage film is over-wrapping their fodder. Don’t roll too tightly or the film will snap and break, which is not only costly but it takes a lot of time to unwrap.
To avoid this kind of mishap, make sure that you don’t wrap too tightly and pull evenly on both ends when rolling your bales.
Clean Your Film Well Before Using It Again
It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but a lot of people forget about it when they’re in the middle of working. If you want your silage film to last longer and not deteriorate as quickly then clean it well before using again by running water over it or dipping it into a disinfectant solution.
Ensure a Clean Surface Before Filling the Clamp
It is really important step before you start wrapping and sealing your silage bales. Ensure that the surface where you will be clamping is clean and dry – make it easier for the film to stick by using hot water beforehand.