Using net wrap in feeding operations is common practice among livestock producers, but it may be counterproductive. It can harm cattle. It is because the net wrap is not digestible. This material has to be removed from bales before feeding. The net wrap should also be removed before the animal is fed, replacing it with new bales. To avoid this issue, producers should keep a box cutter near the feeding area to remove net wrap.
You will need a bale feeder to remove the net wrap from hay bales. Start by inserting the forks into the lower half of the bale. Then, lift the bale. Be sure to insert the forks at a 20-degree angle, so the bale does not slip off. It will prevent the bale from slipping off the forks and secure the net wrap. Once the bale is secured, you can remove the net wrap.
A net wrap AU baler may be more beneficial than twine if your goal is to produce a more significant number of bales in a short time. However, a net wrap baler may be better for pine straw or hay producers. Net wrap requires less wrapping than twine and can quickly move from baler to baler. It also helps hay retain more leaves, resulting in better-quality hay. New Holland offers two types of net wrap, knitted and extruded.
Another option for bale wrap is the John Deere B-Wrap. This wrap costs $5 to $7 per bale and can achieve similar losses as a net. In addition, this wrap has microscopic pores that shed water, so it helps prevent ground moisture from being absorbed into the bale. The cost of net wrap is offset by the increased production efficiency and storage losses. It’s best to purchase net wrap during the fall to ensure you have plenty on hand. Most dealers offer pre-season ordering programs.
Another advantage of net-wrap balers is their speed. They can bale up to thirty percent faster than twine-wrap balers. That saves fuel and labour costs and allows farmers to finish their crops faster. A farmer can wrap up to thirty percent more bales per hour using net wrap than twine-wrap balers. These differences are worth considering, especially for custom operators. It’s also important to note that bales wrapped with a net wrap are more weather resistant than their square counterparts.
Another significant benefit of net-wrapped bales is their ability to shed water and retain shape. While both types of wraps can protect the hay from microbial activity, net-wrapped bales lose less dry matter in the field. Additionally, bales wrapped with a net wrap are less susceptible to deterioration due to weathering than bales wrapped with twine. A study in Wisconsin found that net-wrapped bales lost about eight percent of their dry matter when stored outside.
Despite its benefits, net wrap removal is tedious and time-consuming. It can also be frustrating. In winter, net-wrapped bales will be easier to remove. Moreover, bales wrapped in net wrap may be susceptible to plastic disease. The net wrap may affect the health of cattle as well. If you are not aware of this risk, consider using net-wrap. The benefits of net-wrapping are worth the inconvenience.
Another significant benefit of net wrap is its durability. Unlike baler twine, cordex net wraps are stronger than other net wraps. As a result, they can produce 30% more bales per hour and less leaf loss compared to twine. Additionally, Cordex net wraps are ISO-certified, which means they have strict quality control. For your convenience, they come in four widths and lengths and are available in three pallet sizes.
While some of these manufacturers are technologically advanced, others are not. The latter must rely on traditional techniques and materials to produce high-quality net wrap. Using an inferior grade of HDPE is not good enough to make a high-strength roll. Moreover, poor-quality HDPE may also be toxic to animals and damage the product. Therefore, the net wrap used for packing is often made of polyethylene, a biodegradable material.