BY LEE HART
If you think all round bale wrap is made the same, then you
need to look again according to the folks at Tama Canada. You get what you pay
for, according to the largest bale wrap manufacturer in the world, and if you
want a good quality product, that has strength, protection, properly covers the
bale, and gives you more meters of net wrap per roll, you may want to look for
That’s the message I got from Graham Robson, technical
manager for Tama Europe who was recently in Western Canada working with the
Tama Canada group to promote their bale wrap product.
You may not recognize the Tama brand name, but if you’re
buying bale wrap from your John Deere, Klaas, Kuhn and a number of other
dealers, it is the product most often recommended.
“There are other bale wrap manufacturers,” notes Robson.
“But we were the first to develop bale wrap and the bottom line is that you get
what you pay for. You can find less expensive bale wrap, but it doesn’t offer
value per role.”
The Tama bale wrap was developed in Israel by Israeli
farmers and the company has gradually grown around the world with International
offices in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Sweden/Scandinavia, France, Poland, Hungary
and Central Europe.
John Deere is one of the largest distributors of the product
with its round balers in Canada. Available from John Deere dealers is the
Edge-to-Edge bale wrap that covers the full width of the round bale. Only
available through the John Deere dealer network is the Cover Edge bale wrap,
which actually wraps over the edge of the bale by two to three inches.
LIKE INDOOR STORAGE
And coming this fall, again exclusively through John Deere
is the B-Wrap bale wrap, which is described as the “alternative to indoor
storage”. Rather than just the standard net-type material around the bale,
protect bales from sun and water exposure.
One roll of B-Wrap will hold enough material for 35 bales.
For each bale, the first wrap will be the standard Cover Edge netting, that
will be followed by one complete wrap of the more solid material that protects
the bale from sun and rain, and the final wrap is another layer of Cover Edge
netting. The more solid B-Wrap layer will protect the hay quality from weather
and sun exposure, but it also has microscopic pores that will allow moisture
inside the bale to escape.
“For the dairy producer or anyone else looking to produce
high quality hay B-Wrap will protect the bale from weather exposure, preserving
the color and quality of hay just as if the bales had been stored inside a
shed,” says Robson. “It will also be a benefit to commercial beef producers who
know that a certain percentage of their hay crop will be stockpiled.”
Robson says beef producers may choose to use the Edge to
Edge or Cover Edge wrap on hay that is to be fed out in the coming winter
season, but then use B-Wrap for a portion of the crop that may be stored in the
bale yard for two, three, or five seasons or more until it is needed. The
B-wrap will protect those bales eliminating the risk of 10 to 15 per cent of
the baled hay that may discolor and spoil over long periods of storage.
The Tama bale wrap products have a patented colored stripe
system on the bale which tells producers which way the bale unrolls. And Robson
says it took many years of research and development to come up with the proper
weave of the netted material to ensure proper strength, to ensure the wrap
doesn’t contract after it is applied creating the muffin tops of hay on each
end of the bale, and to ensure there are more meters of wrap per role.
You don’t have to use a Tama product but according to Robson
if you want the best protection for each bale of hay, he recommends farmers go
with the product which has 60 per cent of the world market. Watch for the
B-Wrap product from your John Deere dealer this fall.
Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner
based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected] (and PS…I wasn’t asleep for the past month, the blog service was done for some technical reason, but we think it has been fixed.)