Our latest pre-stretch production technology means that EQ Supreme Silage film can be of a thinner gauge than conventional balewrap. Silage stretchwrap has come a long way since it first appeared on the market. EQ Supreme technology is the next major advance in this on-going evolution.
Now available in the EQ Supreme Silage stretchfilm product range, this new technology employs the very latest polymers and film manufacturing technology. It offers the professional user – such as the large scale farmer or agricultural contractor – a professional solution with additional benefits over more conventional products.
These benefits include:
• A more efficient wrapping process.
• Significant cost savings.
• Enhanced silage quality.
• Improved environmental credentials.
• Designed specifically for high output round bale integrated combo-wrappers. EQ Supreme is thinner than conventional balewrap thanks to the production methods employed including the fact that it is pre-stretched.
This thinner film profile allows more to be wound onto each reel (Should the customer require a longer roll). As such, EQ Supreme can have up to 2500 meters on a roll as opposed to the 1500m available on traditional bale wraps.
If a 2500mt is used, this means:
• Fewer stoppages for reel changes.
• Improved wrapping efficiency.
• Time savings.
• Reduced costs.
• 66% more bales per reel.
Estimates have concluded un-boxing and changing a reel can take 7 minutes.
By switching to a max length EQ Supreme roll with its (2500 meters in length) greater reel length, a user wrapping circa 350 bales a day can save up to60 minutes through fewer reel changes. Plus, you can also carry a full day’s film requirements on your wrapper thereby further increasing efficiency levels.
EQ Supreme Silage Stretchfilm Guide to successful bale wrapping:
Guide to successful bale wrapping:
How to wrap:
• Make sure that film reels carried on either the wrapper or in a vehicle are adequately protected against damage.
• Install the film reel(s) on the pre-stretch unit, thread and attach to the cut and hold device in accordance with the Manufacturer’s instructions:
• On turntable machines, where the height of the pre-stretch unit is adjustable, place a bale on the turntable, and adjust the height so that the centers of the film and the bale are horizontally in line.
• Wrap the bale, then on one of the flat ends measure the width of the last piece of film applied. With 750mm film, this should be between 580–610mm, and with 500mm film 380-410mm.
• Any significant variation outside these limits means that a problem exists with the pre-stretch unit.
• A minimum of four film layers should be applied to round silage bales where DM levels do not exceed 50%.
• A minimum six layers must be applied to bales over 50% DM, coarse crops and all square bales.
• However, it has been independently shown that there are likely to be economic benefits from applying six layers to all bales, which will also withstand handling better.
• Check the necessary number of turns required manually on the first bale by wrapping until the bale is just covered, add one to the number of turns recorded on the counter, then double the total, for a 4-layer application, and treble it for six layers.
• Bales are best wrapped at the stacking point to save handling issues.
Every effort should be made to avoid handling damage, but if any occurs, this should be immediately repaired using a UV-protected adhesive tape.
The stack should be protected with a close-woven polypropylene net after placing some tyres on some of the top bales to keep the net suspended off the bale surface.
Bait stations, protected from the elements and animals, should be placed around the stack perimeter, and not within. Plastic film reel cores are ideal for this.
Choice of colour:
Whilst black film is still the predominant colour used in the UK, green or white film is used in most other countries. The paler colours are heat-reflective, which is valuable where temperatures are high, but in the UK and the ROI, where climate is more variable and generally cooler, black film is quite adequate for silage bales.
However, with high DM bales, e.g. haylage where fermentation within the bales is less certain and often slow, it is advisable to use a pale colour, as heat build-up within the bales could encourage the development of spoilage organisms.
Identifying problems after wrapping:
Bird and vermin damage:
Splitting in Bales.
Splitting in wrapping the Bales.
Problems During Storage - Mould and Spoilage