What is hay bale wrap made of?

What is hay bale wrap made of?

The Yay Bale wrap, as they call it, is made of corn fibers and can be left on the field or shredded and is safe for cattle to eat.

What are hay bales wrapped in?

Farmers have three choices of materials to wrap bales – twine, net wrap, or plastic wrap. Unlike gift wrap, the choice isn’t just about presentation. It’s about baling efficiency and storage. If properly baled and stored, hay can last a long time without degrading in quality.

What does wrapping hay bales do?

Wrapped bales create a condition for proper fermentation and longer-term storage. Dry matter losses will be lower when harvesting at these moisture levels. Producers can end up with tough hay when moisture ranges between 20 and 35 percent.

Why are hay bales wrapped in different Colours?

“Farmers who use darker plastic will see it break down more quickly than those who use lighter-colored material. The darker plastic breaks down faster in the summer heat and sun, making it more permeable to oxygen and limiting the fermentation process,” Hall explains.

Why do they wrap bales in plastic?

Bales at lower moisture may have little to no fermentation, but wrapping protects them from spoiling. On the other hand, moisture levels too high can cause clostridial fermentation with resulting high levels of butyric acid and ammonia. This is the baleage that has a wet, slimy appearance and an awful smell.

What are hay sleeves?

Hay sleeves are a great option if you need something to cover your bales. These go a long way in preventing a loss of hay during transport. Old style hay twine causes you to lose hay as it’s moved from one place to another and hay sleeves can prevent this.

What moisture should hay be to wrap?

45 to 55 percent moisture
We recommend wrapping hay at 45 to 55 percent moisture for best results. Different moisture levels result in different techniques and outcomes: 55 to 65 percent moisture – Great for fermentation, but you run the risk of leaving a wet, rank layer (1 to 2 inches deep) on the outside of the bale.

Why are round bales wrapped in plastic?

Why are hay bales wrapped in pink?

They might look like giant marshmallows, but these pink hay bales are raising awareness of breast cancer. Dave Broster from Diggle Green Farm in Culcheth, Warrington, has raised about £800 this year covering his hay in the colourful wrapping.

How long will wrapped hay last?

In general, forages baled at 40-60% moisture will maintain feed value for about 12 months as long as the integrity of the plastic is maintained. However, even where the forage was baled at the appropriate moisture level and the plastic has minimal holes, it is good practice to feed baleage bales within 9 months.