Have your silage bales got an annoying tear in them that will let in oxygen and affect the quality of your winter feed? Or has your silage film been damaged while sheeting up?
If so, there’s no need for you to worry any more… Silostop, the leading oxygen barrier technology company, has developed a handy Silostop patch that’s a tough vinyl repair option.
Measuring 10cm by 15cm (or 4ins by 6ins) it has a strong solvent adhesive that keeps it in place, and is supplied in easy to tear off strips, with 216 patches per roll. The rolls are 33m in length, and there are 36 rolls in every box.
“Oxygen is the enemy when making silage or haylage, as it causes DM losses and deterioration in silage quality,” says Silostop technical manager, Jennifer Hitchman. “Every effort must be made to stop oxygen from entering the ensiled crop.”
The company stresses the need to reduce the risk of physical damage to the plastic film when used on a clamp or around a bale, either by using the Silostop anti-UV net, or the Silostop open net, on the top. This will prevent bird or rodent damage – both common causes of holes appearing in the film.
“It’s important to check your film for holes over the winter feeding period,” says Jennifer. “One of the common reasons for tears in bales is puncturing the plastic when the bale is picked up and moved – it’s well worth checking bales for damage after they’ve been wrapped and stacked, or after you’ve moved them. This stops you from realising you have a problem later.”
Silopatch is easy to apply – but one key message is to make sure the area where you are going to apply the patch is completely dry when you put the sticker on – if it’s wet, it’s unlikely it will stay in place.
Silopatch rolls are available from Silostop – call your local distributor to order your supply.