Are you going to the FTMTA Show this year? Ireland’s premier farm machinery event, the biennial FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, will return to Punchestown Racecourse near Naas on February 9th, 10th and 11th, 2017.
The Silotite stand at the 2017 FTMTA show, which is number 435, is likely to attract a lot of attention from livestock farmers and baled silage contractors. Present on the stand will be Louise Aplin, Marketing Manager RPC bpi agriculture, Paul Johnson, Area Manager for Northern Ireland and Sean O’Connor, General Manager Ireland.
On display will be the innovative Film & Film (F&F) wrapping system for baled silage. Indeed the number of bales wrapped last season by McHale Fusion 3 Plus bale wrappers using the F&F system has doubled over the previous season and is set to rapidly expand in the silage market over the coming years.
This dual film technology involves the combined use of Baletite mantle film alongside the next generation of Silotite 5 Layer Technology balewrap. The 100% recyclable mantle film replaces the traditional netwrap used to bind crops into a bale format.
Silotite balewrap is a five-layer, high-performance wrapping film. With 5 layer technology, all the mechanical aspects of the balewrap (strength, puncture and tear resistance, elasticity, UV stability and cling) are maximised resulting in a reliable, stable, high performing quality balewrap.
Clearly, the market is now aware of the new technology and key customers are requesting the five layer balewrap film.
A good example of a modern baled silage contractor is Eddie (father) and (son) Gavin Hartnett who hail from Ballynoe, Conna, Co. Cork. Last year using a McHale Fusion they wrapped around 5,000 bales for local beef and dairy farmers using the Film & Film system.
Their customers were delighted with silage quality and according to Eddie, they expect to wrap even more bales this year using the F&F system. You can check out their silage baling operations here.
The overall benefit is that this innovative system reduces the cost of making baled silage and, when applied properly, delivers mould-free silage for feeding to valuable livestock. The Film & Film wrapping system is also more environmentally friendly and less labour intensive as, unlike netwrap, both films can be recycled without the need for segregation of the netwrap.
Excellent trial results have been obtained in Britain. For example, a dairy farmer could gain an average of 5.7kg DM (Dry Matter) per F & F bale so the 67.26 MJ ME averagely gained for each of the F & F bales could give an additional 11.6 litres of milk production. Or for a cattle farmer, each F & F bale could give an additional 1.5kg of beef production. A short movie of the F&F trial and its findings can be viewed here.
Last year was an excellent year for baled silage due to the excellent grass growing and weather conditions. It is estimated that the number of bales ensiled was up by at least 10%. Demand for baled silage was also good as livestock numbers have increased significantly.
Indeed according to the CSO in June 2016 the total number of cattle was 7,221,200, an increase of 257,700 (+3.7%) in June 2015. The number of Dairy Cows increased by 102,100 (+7.9%) and Cattle 1-2 years increased by 148,200 (+8.7%).
For more info on this new silage technology please check out check out www.filmandfilmwrapping.com. For more information relating to the market leading Silotite balewrap, Baletite mantle films, packaging, size of reels, pricing or technical advice on forage conservation please contact the Silotite General Manager (Ireland), Sean O’Connor on +353 (0) 87.2540518 or via S.Ofirstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please visit www.silotite.com.