Smallholders Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Eco-friendly bale wrap?  (Read 1461 times)

YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« on: March 31, 2017, 05:19:41 pm »
Does it exist?


I'm starting to delve into the possibility of improving sustainability, thinking wrap recycling etc, but is there an option for big bale silage/haylage that has lower environmental impact but still functions well? There may be leeway on cost.


I realise I'm talking about massive quantities of single-use plastic, though  ::)

bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2017, 05:47:50 pm »
Solway recycling make all sorts of things from the plastic. Google them

stufe35

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2017, 09:01:30 pm »
Eliminate the wrap by building a silage pit.  Sheet which covers it can be reused.

landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 10:06:04 pm »
Eliminate the wrap by building a silage pit.  Sheet which covers it can be reused.

But maybe not so convenient when you are already kitted out with round baler and bale spike and have nowhere suitable to build a sileage pit; nor a forage harvester or sileage trailer with which to harvest the grass.   
Rules are made:
  for the guidance of wise men
  and the obedience of fools.

YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Re: Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 01:38:56 pm »
Eliminate the wrap by building a silage pit.  Sheet which covers it can be reused.


I don't think we've a suitable space, but it's true I hadn't added that to the possibilities.

stufe35

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Eco-friendly bale wrap?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 01:58:49 pm »
It is miles cheaper to make silage that way...and Miles greener....obviously there are considerations  which may make it practical for you or not as have been mentioned above.

A farmer friend of mine recently made the switch, and I think he said the silage pit paid for itself in terms of saved net wrap and plastic costs alone in 3 years....but pretty sure he got a grant towards building the pit too.

I'll ask and get some ball park numbers next time I see him.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2017, 02:02:49 pm by stufe35 »

 

Bale Saw

Started by Fishyhaddock

Replies: 0
Views: 990
Last post July 27, 2014, 09:04:12 pm
by Fishyhaddock
Bale maker

Started by jinglejoys

Replies: 1
Views: 1594
Last post October 20, 2010, 08:30:40 am
by Rosemary
bale .moving

Started by sugartown farm

Replies: 7
Views: 4537
Last post June 20, 2013, 12:40:09 pm
by Still playing with tractors
bale twine or sting?

Started by JEP

Replies: 2
Views: 1346
Last post July 06, 2013, 09:56:41 pm
by Fleecewife
small bale wrapper

Started by valmet10

Replies: 5
Views: 1281
Last post August 26, 2017, 09:17:15 pm
by Rupert the bear

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2020. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS