Hay ’20 has started in the Midwest! You might be looking at wrapping hay this year.
Why do many farmers and custom operators wrap hay?
There are several reasons to wrap your hay, including:
• Minimize harvest loss
• Reduced harvest time
• Increase ADG (Average Daily Gain)
• Minimize storage loss
• Reduce feed cost
• Reduce weather risk
So which wrapper is best for you?
Inline wrapping is best for farmers who plan to feed from the hay all year and don’t plan to move the wrapped hay. You can sell hay wrapped inline, but its harder to market and makes moving bales a little harder. An advantage of wrapping inline is that you can save on plastic wrap, as you aren’t wrapping each bale individually. With a Tubeline wrapper You can expect to wrap 80 - 120 bales per/hr and have a 50% cost savings on plastic wrap.
Single balewrapping is best for farmers and custom operators that want to be able to market their bales better for sale, have the flexibility to move and handle the bales easier, and have less potential for spoilage if there does happen to get a rip in the plastic. You can expect to wrap 20-60 bales per hour if you are single wrapping. Single wrappers like the W2020, 991 High Speed and Orbital by McHale can wrap single bales in 30 seconds or less, letting you have the ability to wrap single bales at high speeds, even with the recommended layers of 6-8 layers of plastic.