If you’re looking for a better way to conserve your valuable silage this winter or in the future, pay a visit to Drumnakilly’s stand at the forthcoming National Ploughing Championships.
This well-known Irish business, found on Block 1, Row 5, Stand 67, will have the exciting range of Silostop films and bale wraps on show, and these unique oxygen barrier products are taking the Irish farming market by storm at the moment.
“We have had some fantastic interest and great orders,” says Drumnakilly’s Adrian Cathers. “I would urge everyone making grass or maize silage to come and take a look at the products. Farmers here are getting some great results, and saving a lot of money as every bit of the silage made is being eaten by their livestock.”
The National Ploughing Championships are Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and trade show. Being held from September 20 to 22, they are at Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. In 2015 the event attracted 281,000 visitors and more than 1500 exhibitors.
On show will be:
A product that, when used in worldwide trials, has confirmed that dry matter loss is reduced by up to 50% in the top metre of silage, and that this unique product, at 80 microns thick, is easy to handle and apply. Its robustness also makes it suitable for larger applications.
The orange on black film must be laid with the orange colour uppermost and, when visible, is bound to create a talking point. “The film contains several layers creating a film that is not only strong, but stretchy too, and with only one layer to apply, reduces labour costs as it’s so easy to apply,” says Adrian.
Silostop Max has special oxygen barrier properties that are proven to be 100 times more effective than conventional silage sheeting. It eliminates surface spoilage and, while the product is UV stable, it must be protected with Silostop open net placed over the film – this is predominantly to prevent any physical damage to the film.
A thin, light and very strong oxygen barrier film which is easy to handle and apply, and proven to be more than 100 times more effective than conventional plastic.
It’s 45 microns thick, and virtually eliminates surface spoilage, with dry matter loss in the top metre of a clamp reduced by up to 50% comparted with PE plastic. It’s strong and stretchy, increases aerobic stability by up to two and a half days, and is thinner and less bulky than conventional plastic, so is cheaper to recycle or dispose of.
However, it must be protected from physical damage by using Silostop Open Net over the top – this will also be on display.
Silostop Bale Wrap
Silostop Bale Wrap film is the world’s first oxygen barrier bale wrap film, and is a 25 micron 750mm x 1500m film which prevents the entry of oxygen into the silage bale. It can be used in exactly the same way as conventional silage wrap, with the same level of stretch and the same basic handling and storage rules.
Just a few of its benefits include reducing dry matter losses by more than 40% per bale during storage, less risk of disease from accidental ingestion of mouldy silage by animals, and it offers better palatability and better animal intakes. It’s designed to be used in all bale wrapping systems – round, square, rectangular or conventional.
“We would love to welcome any farmers to the stand, on any of the three days,” says Adam. “This is an amazing product, that saves so much money, and it really needs to be seen so farmers can see how many benefits the different products in the range can offer.”
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