Once combined, twice as good
The recent launch of combi-balewrappers capable of applying film instead of netwrap has paved the way for the adoption of Film&Film (F&F) Wrapping. The F&F Wrapping System is an innovative, dual film wrapping method comprising the combined use of SilotitePro next generation balewrap and Baletite mantel film.
In addition to creating more compact bales that can better withstand handling, the F&F Wrapping System also helps to reduce silage losses through an enhanced oxygen barrier that discourages mould growth.
Whereas netwrap will continue to elongate post baling, the stiffer configuration of Baletite maintains the pressure that has been applied within the baling chamber and this greater crop compaction enables more efficient forage storage. Trials undertaken by ILVO (Instituut voor Landbouw – en Visserjonderzoek / Institute for Research in Agriculture and Fisheries) in Belgium found that F&F bales were on average 2cm smaller in circumference than traditional netwrapped bales in addition to being 10% denser.
The F&F Wrapping System can make the feed-out process easier too. If using a bale handler and mixer wagon it is possible to feed out the contents of F&F bales with minimum human intervention. The feeding process is also speeded up thanks to the easy removal of Baletite from the bale. Once opened, whether by hand or by bale handler, Baletite peels cleanly from the bale as no fodder can become enmeshed in it as with netwrap.
Additionally, as both Baletite and SilotitePro are manufactured from the same base material, there is no need to separate them for recycling post use. Once removed from the bale, both films can be folded up and placed in the same bin for recycling together.
Technical Specifications - SilotitePro
|Width (mm)||Thickness (µm)||Length (m)||Pallet Dimensions (cm)||Reels Per Pallet (pcs)||Colour||Pallet Height (m)|
|750||20||1950||125 x 100||40||White, Green, Black||1.65|
Technical Specifications - Baletite
|Application||Width (mm)||Thickness (μm)||Length (m)||Reels Per Pallet (#)||Pallet Dimensions (cm)||Pallet Height (m)|
|Not UV Stabilized|
|Maize/ Sugar Beet||950||13||2400||20||112 x 130||± 1.10|
|Maize/ Sugar Beet||1280||13||2400||20||112 x 130||± 1.10|
|Grass||1280||16||2000||20||112 x 130||± 1.10|
|Grass||1380||16||2000||20||112 x 147||± 1.10|
|Grass||1280||20||1650||20||112 x 130||± 1.10|
SilotitePro and Baletite are manufactured is ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 accredited manufacturing facilities.
Each reel is individually labelled to ensure 100% traceability in the unlikely event of a problem.