McHale Fusion 3 Plus bale wrappers using the Film
& Film (F&F) wrapping system doubled over the
previous season and is set to rapidly expand in the
silage market over the coming years, according to
Forage and Nutrition Guide editor Liam de Paor
of Baletite mantle film alongside the next generation of
Silotite five-layer technology balewrap. The 100 per cent
recyclable mantle film replaces the traditional netwrap
used to bind crops into a bale format.
With five-layer technology, all the mechanical aspects of
the balewrap (strength, puncture- and tear-resistance,
elasticity, UV stability and cling) are maximised resulting
in a reliable, stable, high-performing quality balewrap.
McHale says the market is now aware of this new
technology and its key customers are requesting the five-
layer balewrap film.
A good example of modern baled silage contractors is
Eddie Hartnett and son, Gavin, from Ballynoe, Conna,
Co. Cork. Last year, using a McHale Fusion they
wrapped around 5,000 bales for local beef and dairy
farmers using the F&F system.
Their customers, who have a choice between netwrap
or the F&F system, were delighted with silage quality
according to Eddie.
You can view their silage-baling operations at
As can be seen from the video clip, the Hartnett family
have the best of silage equipment. Their modern
machinery includes three John Deere tractors (a
6150R, 6830 and 7430 purchased from Sam Power in
Castlelyons). Along with a McHale Fusion 3 Plus bale
wrapper, supplied by Atkins Ltd and a Krone rake they
bought from Jim Power in Tallow.
The overall benefit is that this innovative system
reduces the cost of making baled silage and, when
applied properly, delivers mould-free silage for feeding
to valuable livestock. The F&F wrapping system is also
more environmentally friendly and less labour-intensive,
as unlike netwrap, both films can be recycled without
the need for segregation of the netwrap.
Excellent trial results have been achieved in Britain.
For example, a dairy farmer could gain an average of
5.7kg dry matter (DM) per F&F bale so the 67.26 MJ ME
averagely gained for each of the F&F bales could give