Thomas and Fontaine Ltd. is a research and development company that have been designing agricultural products for over twenty years.
Their business concentrated on working with seed additives, animal seed enzymes and designing other science-based products.
About fifteen years ago, Gerard Thomas and the team were speaking to farmers who had difficulty with the traditional covering methods for their silage, particularly with maize silage clamps.
They decided to solve the matter by designing ‘Secure Cover’ - a tyre-less method of securing silage from surface and aerobic damage.
“It’s a specially designed, interlocking knitted material so if it gets damaged, it won’t fall apart,” explained Thomas.
At a microscopic level, the cross-section monofilaments that are used are square in structure, rather than round and this breaks down the wind flow and helps the Secure Cover to act like the wing of an aircraft, allowing the airflow over the silage.
The complex knitted design also makes it inherently more flexible. The design is patented, preventing other manufacturers using this particular design of silage cover.
The company has produced over 20 million square metres of material, such is the demand for the product.
The Secure Cover comes in separate sheets for easier management and allows the user to remove it in sections as needed.
Gravel bags are then placed around the perimeter and across the joins to secure it; they also have handles for secure lifting.
The firm has been exporting the covers from the UK to the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Sweden and more.
“The problem is that they last too long” laughed Gerard, as he outlined some of the uses that the cover has been adapted for.
It has been used to detract elk from destroying grain bins in Canada.
“Texas has massive damage from hailstones the size of basketballs,” said the entrepreneur, who said that the company have done extensive puncture testing.
The secure covers can be used to protect and cover silage clamps, big bale stacks and forage bags. They also come with a ten-year UV guarantee.
The Secure Cover manufacturing company is based in Shropshire, UK.
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