A silage wrap is a rubber-like material that is moulded around a silage bar to protect it from damage. The wrap can also be used to protect a silage bar from the heat from stokers and dust blowing in while harvesting hay.
Silage is made from grains that are cut off the plant as it matures. The grain-rotting bacteria, known as rotavirus, is also transferred by a moist environment, so silage should not be stored near the barn floor, or within walls of the barn. It is an excellent idea to let silage and other grain products lie in grassy areas, or silage drier for a few days before you store them.
For silage wrap, you’ll need to prepare a silage pan that is clean and dry, either with water or without water. A heavy duty silage plastic can be lined with unbleached paperboard to prevent water from seeping through. If using paperboard, wipe off the coating before adding silage to the pan. It is crucial to get the silage evenly coated before stoking or cutting it to remove excess.
To prepare baling, use a baling knife and scrape off the wax coating from one end of the baling strip. Be sure to scrape off all excess wax, so you have an even coating on both sides of the baling strip. Push the baling strip through the baling hole in the baling hook and then push it through the baling hook again into the silage pan. Check that the baling hook is sticking up past the pan’s lip. You must be able to slide it into place without falling off.
Place the silage bar on the baling hook and secure it in place with a nut or screwdriver. Screw the baling hook in place until it is entirely covered by the silage bar. If the baling hook looks lumpy and sticks out at an odd angle, you may need to pull it down slightly to make it fit correctly into the pan.
The silage bar will now need to be trimmed to size with a baling knife. Take a baling knife and make sure it is sharp. Lay the baling knife across the silage bar and keep it parallel to the pan, then flip the silage bar over so you are working across the pan.
With the baling knife, push straight down to cut the edges of the bar. If the edge of the baling knife sticks out at an odd angle, you may need to apply a little more pressure to straighten it out.
Insert the baling knife into the baling hole in the heavy duty silage plastic, and place it in the pan so that the baling hook points down into the pan. Press the baling hook into the pan and make sure it is sticking up past the lip of the pan.