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Bale netwrap vs traditional bale binding methods


If you are a farmer producing hay or straw, you might understand the headaches of traditional round bale binding methods. Twine can tangle, fray, loosen or break over time. A better (and faster) way to bale your hay crop is round bale netwrap.

This agricultural innovation has revolutionised round baling and livestock feeding operations. Net wrapping of round bales has major advantages over old hay binding options in the agriculture farming sector. This plastic netting streamlines the baler process as it is automated (done at baling) and almost three times faster than twine baling. In addition, most modern round baling machines are now geared for net wrapping.

What you can expect from a net wrap baler in the field

Within seconds, the netting from the netwrap baler wraps around the bale 2-4 times, covering the entire width of the bale in a uniform tight net wrapping. The number of rotations required, however, depends on the crop type, weather conditions and transport requirements.

Net wrapping doesn’t just speed up baling time, it also boosts the daily bale count you can churn out by 30% or more. Bales are wrapped faster and tighter which translates to reduced baling time and storage space required.

The reinforced net also weathers the elements far better than twine. Rain damage to baled hay and straw is reduced, as bale netwrap provides a more uniform barrier that maintains bale shape and integrity as well as hay and straw quality. No more storage losses due to unravelling as net-secured bales hold their form during storage and while travelling down bumpy farm roads.

As the environmental benefits of plastic reduction become clear, the latest bale net wrap options utilise recycled plastics to decrease plastic waste. That means that round baling convenience doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Summary: The ease and security of bale netwrap

Bale netwrap solves the headaches of traditional binding options like twine. Apart from the speed of baling, ease of use and security, net wrapping for hay and straw offers additional advantages:

  • Weather resistance: Bale netwrap provides a better barrier against rain, snow, sun, and humidity compared to twine. Nutrients are preserved longer, improving forage quality.
  • Stacking ease: Uniformly shaped and tightly bound net-wrapped bales are easily stacked for transportation and storage.
  • Faster baling: Bale netwrap binding is 2-3 times faster than twine, enabling significantly higher baling rates.
  • Lower farming costs: Faster baling time and smaller storage area.
  • Safe handling: Net-secured bales maintain integrity when loading, transporting and offloading bales.

When you add up the benefits – improved baling efficiency, reduced plastic waste on the farm and healthier bales – it’s easy to justify upgrading to modern bale netwrap solutions. Your bottom line and the planet will thank you.

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