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Environmentally Friendly SilotitePro1800 Sustane Balewrap Launched at LAMMA 2024

Environmentally Friendly SilotitePro1800 Sustane Balewrap Launched at LAMMA 2024

This year’s LAMMA 2024 show, at the NEC, Birmingham, received a record number of over 40,000 visitors over the two days.

Berry Global’s Silotite stand was very busy with visitors from Britain, Ireland and overseas, calling by to learn about the company’s Film & Film dual balewrapping system.

Berry Global, who are leading manufacturers of bale wrap film, availed of the occasion to launch their new SilotitePro1800 Sustane balewrap, which incorporates 25% post-consumer recycled content for the British & Irish market.

Last year, over 40 m bales of silage were wrapped worldwide with Silotite film, of which 10 m were cross-wrapped with the Baletite baler film, replacing traditional netwrap.

The Film & Film dual wrapping system (see McHale video) results in more uniform and compact bales, which can better withstand handling and have a longer storage life.

Using baler film instead of net wrap, the F & F wrapping system helps to reduce silage losses, limiting mould growth and (thanks to its smooth surface) prevents silage from becoming enmeshed during feed out.

Silotite commercial farm trial results obtained in Britain indicate that a dairy farmer could gain an average of 5.7kg DM (Dry Matter) per F & F bale, so the 67.26MJ ME gained (on average) for each F & F bale could yield an additional 11.6 litres of milk production.

For a cattle farmer, each F&F bale could result in an additional 1.5kg of beef production.*

The all-new SilotitePro1800 Sustane product is an 1800m film with 25% post-consumer recycled content, which has been certified by Recyclass.

This is based on the popular SilotitePro1800 product and delivers the high levels of technical performance that existing Silotite users are familiar with.

Through light weighting and the incorporation of recycled content, the environmental load of SilotitePro1800 Sustane 23 μm film (with 25% PCR) is ±24% less than Silotite’s standard 25 μm film (with 0% PCR), supporting the circular economy and helping to divert waste from landfill.

This new green balewrap offers contractors more benefits including 20% more bales wrapped per reel, time savings as 20% less reels are required, plus a reduction in transportation and product storage**.

Its unique sleeve packaging means that it has less packaging material, with no bulky boxes to move around and recycle separately.

Silotite and Baletite along with Visqueen silage sheets are manufactured for the European market in factories in Belgium, England and Scotland.

Baletite: Pictured L2R on a busy Silotite stand at the LAMMA Show are Armagh man, Lloyd Dawson, Sales Director – Berry Global, and Stuart Anthony, Sales Manager Wales – Berry Global, discussing the dual wrapping Film & Film system and new SilotitePro1800 Sustane balewrap.

McHale: Pictured L2R on a busy McHale stand at the LAMMA Show are Armagh man Lloyd Dawson, Sales Director – Berry Global, New Zealand lady, Kylie Morrison, Marketing Manager – Berry Global with Eoin Clarke, Design & Marketing – McHale Engineering  and Stuart Anthony, Sales Manager Wales  – Berry Global, discussing the dual wrapping Film & Film system using the award winning McHale Fusion 4 balewrapper.

Silotite: Pictured L2R on a busy Silotite stand at the LAMMA Show are Armagh man, Lloyd Dawson, Sales Director – Berry Global, with Matthew Jordan, Marketing Assistant – Berry Global, and New Zealand lady, Kylie Morrison, Marketing Manager – Berry Global, discussing the new SilotitePro1800 Sustane balewrap, with 25% post-consumer recycled content.

Dairymaster’s new Swiftflo Personalised Milking Platform, a cow centred revolution

Dairymaster’s new Swiftflo Personalised Milking Platform, a cow centred revolution

Dairymaster have put a renewed focus on core milking research and development, launching their latest milking software for dairy farmers. The package offers the ability to personalise the milking process to each individual cow in the herd through the Swiftflo Personalised Milking software.
The personalised milking control comprises three different elements:

  • Increased pulsation rate for the first 60 seconds of cluster attachment to stimulate milk let down.
  • Dynamic pulsation rate and ratio depending on the stage of milk out.
  • Variable take-off.

Together, these three elements combine to promote higher average milk flow rate and shorter milking time. Peer reviewed research published by Teagasc has confirmed time savings of almost 1.5 minutes per cow per day and demonstrates that there is no negative impact on yield or milk quality.
In conjunction with the development, a new liner design 1022SF has been developed through research on Irish and European farms and is optimised to facilitate higher milk flow and to provide a more gentle attachment to the teat.

The Swiftflo Personalised Milking is a suite of innovations that will deliver benefits to both farmers and cows in terms of increased productivity through the milking process, more detailed information about the milking of each and every cow, and improved animal welfare. With the key developments having been validated in peer-reviewed journals, farmers can be confident that the system will increase their milking performance.

The whole system is now streamlined on the DairyVue360 app which provides the farmer with a comprehensive herd management tool, combining detailed data for each individual milking with the health and fertility activity data if available. They can see real-time milking metrics such as let down time, % of yield at different stages of the milking, flow rates and incidence of bimodal flow.

The Swiftflo Personalised Milking system is delivered in conjunction with the DairyVue360 platform and is currently available for rotary parlours. Developments are on-going to roll it out to other parlour types so all customers can benefit.

Pictured L2R discussing the award winning Dairymaster milking equipment are Roisin O’Regan, Marketing Executive, Dairymaster, Dr John Harty, CEO Dairymaster with Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue and Dr John Daly, Research & Innovation Manager.

McAree Engineering -Vintage Farmall Super A on Stand @ National Ploughing Championship

McAree Engineering -Vintage Farmall Super A on Stand @ National Ploughing Championship

McAree Engineering will have a vintage Farmall Super A from the late 1940’s which they believe is the only one in Ireland.  It has been restored by Benny McCabe in Monaghan.

McAree will be displaying their full range of V-Mac silos on their stand – with single and split silos along with legged, offset and enclosed options available to check out. This year they will also have one of their feeder wagon storage solutions – their enclosed silo with feeder wagon augur fitted to it. Their very popular tote bins will also be on display.

The feed silos are constructed using Magizinc, a modern steel that provides the extremely high levels of protection against corrosion and with exclusive interlocked forming and are incredibly strong. McAree make their silos different from anyone else as the rolled body construction ensures a
smooth inside wall helping excellent product flow and super-strength construction. Suitable for the agricultural, biomass, waste water treatment and plastics industries – V-Mac silos are available in a range of styles and formats.

In addition McAree will be featuring the award winning SiloSpi feed silo monitoring solution, featuring Lvlogics software and monitoring application. This innovative technology is solar powered, with a lid fitted silo monitor, is easy to install and trouble free. According to Peter Richardson, Sales
& Marketing Manager “it is the easiest and quickest way to accurately monitor the volume and quality of the dairy, pig or poultry ration in your feed silo.

Visitors to stand No. 40 on Block 2 (Row 2) also have the opportunity to win a V-Mac feed barrow valued at €400.McAree technical advisors on the stand will include Fergal Sherry, Noel Kiely, Peter Richardson along with Barry & Eileen Finnegan from Lvlogics Ltd .

McArdee Farmall Tractor

Photo. This historic tractor was restored over the last 10 years by Benny McCabe a local Monaghan man and is powered by tractor vaporising oil [TVO]. The manufacture of the Fordson tractor began in Cork from 1919. Pictured L2R last year on the McAree stand are Peter Richardson, McAree Engineering, Richard Whelan, IHFA, Seamus O’Mahony, Dairygold Coop & Eileen Finnegan, LVlogics Ltd.

F&F finds success with contractors in East Cork, Ireland

F&F finds success with contractors in East Cork, Ireland

Eddie (father) and (son) Gavin Hartnett own a large silage contracting business in Ballynoe, Conna in East Cork. Last year, using a McHale Fusion balewrapper, they wrapped thousands of bales of grass silage for local beef and dairy farmers using the Film & Film system.

However the number of bales made last year by the Hartnett family was down on the previous year as farmers used less fertiliser (due to high prices) so there was less grass available to conserve.

The good news is that new technology is helping to solve some of these problems. The Film & Film system is an innovative dual wrapping method, which combines the use of SilotitePro1800 balewrap and Baletite netwrap replacement film. This results in better shaped, denser and more compact bales which can better withstand handling.

The Hartnett customers have a choice between netwrap and using the new Film & Film system. “Almost 70% of my customers are now using the Film & Film system and will never go back to netwrap. They were delighted with silage quality over recent years” according to Eddie.

The Hartnett’s are using the Baletite mantle film successfully to replace netwrap on the recommendation from McDonnell Bros in Fermoy who also supply the SilotitePro1800 balewrap. According to Eddie “there is a very good tack on this film.”

Gavin says that “using the Film and Film system -the combination of the Baletite and SilotitePro1800 was definitely the right decision. This is the way forward for anyone doing a big volume of bales and has time constraints. Farmers using the Film & Film system are quite happy that it is good value indeed.”

Feeding out silage is quicker, no netwrap gets mixed up in the silage while recycling is easier as there is no netwrap to be kept separate.

Eddie and Gavin know how important silage quality is for milk production and liveweight gain with cattle. They both agree that using Baletite is more user friendly than netwrap, bales hold their shape better, are denser, easier to move and are far less likely to rip during handling.

Silage quality is definitely better says Gavin especially for higher dry matter (DM) grass. “Silage is sweeter and there is no mould so our customers appreciate this and had no problem switching to the Film & Film system. Farmers with bales left over know there is no problem keeping them for much longer in storage.”

You can check out their silage baling operations at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pFxefsQUJwg

As can be seen from this video clip the Hartnett family who have been making baled silage since 2006 have the best of HP and equipment. Their modern machinery includes four John Deere tractors, two 10 foot John Deere mowers (front & back) two Krone rakes and two Lely tedders.

Eddie and Gavin Hartnett also spread lime for local dairy and beef farmers using two ten tonne Bredal K65 machines. In addition they also provides a hedge cutting service for local farmers and other customers using a TWOSE 520 hedge trimmer.

Irish Farmers Achieve 88% Recycling Rate for Balewrap & Silage Covers – IFFPG NEWS RELEASE

Irish Farmers Achieve 88% Recycling Rate for Balewrap & Silage Covers
Pictured L2R  at UCD Lyons Estate farm with some bales of silage in the background are Sorcha Byrne, Dept. of Environment, Climate and Communications; Wexford office,  Tipperary man, Liam Moloney, CEO, Irish Farm Film Producer Group (IFFPG); Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State at the Dept. of Environment, Climate and Communications; Tom Dunne, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Chairman of IFFPG; Dr. Kevin McDonnell, Professor, Crop Sc. & Biosystems Engineering, UCD & Newcastle, Co. Kildare; Limerick lady, Geraldine O’Sullivan, Senior Policy Executive, IFA Environment and Farm Forestry Committee.

Irish farmers recycled plastic from the equivalent of 18m silage bales in 2022 and in doing so achieved a remarkable 88% recycling rate. The vast majority of the plastic was collected from farmers at over 200 bring-centres, which the Irish Farm Films Producers’ Group (IFFPG) held throughout the summer at locations such as livestock marts, coops and agri-merchants. As almost half of the plastic collected was processed at domestic recycling facilities, this also represented a boost to the circular economy in Ireland.

A total of 37,000 tonnes of silage wrap and silage pit covers was recycled in 2022, which represented an 88% recycling rate. Recent record levels of recycling, with 40% more used farm films  being recycled now compared to 5 years ago, can be attributed to a growing farm  market (since the abolition of milk quota), as well as ever-increasing numbers of farmers engaging in recycling.

For Irish farmers, farm film recycling has become a mainstream activity, with their local bring-centre considered both the most convenient (average distance of 6 miles for farmers) and cost effective (€35 charge for balewrap  from 250 bales) means of managing their used farm films. These factors, as well as a desire by farmers to be environmentally responsible, have resulted in the recycling rate for farmers being consistently the highest for any plastic waste stream in the country.

Farm plastics recycling in Ireland is coordinated by IFFPG, which is the national farm plastics compliance scheme. IFFPG, which is a not-for-profit body, has recycled over 440,000 tonnes of farm plastics waste since its establishment in 1998. The scheme, which is funded by both the  industry and farmers and approved by the Minister for the Environment, is an excellent example of what can be achieved when all the key stakeholders come together to work for a better environment.

Minister of State, Ossian Smyth, commended the Scheme for hitting an 88% recycling rate in 2022. He said “Since its establishment nearly twenty-five years ago, IFFPG have worked with producers and the farming community across Ireland to create good farm practices around the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics.  Extended producer responsibility schemes, like IFFPG, have a key role to play in Ireland’s transition to a Circular Economy- protecting and restoring our environment through sustainable resource use.”

In 2022, IFFPG supplied almost half of all collected material to Irish facilities for processing into a range of new plastic products, thereby boosting the circular economy in Ireland. In the case of wrap and pit cover waste, both ADN Materials in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan and SIS in Littleton, Co. Tipperary recycle these wastes into pellets which are the building blocks for new products such as refuse sacks, garden furniture and piping. While in the case of fertilizer bag waste, we see an excellent example of the circular economy in operation, with IFF Plastics in west Clare recycling this waste stream into fence posts for sale back to Irish farmers.

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