Currently, silage wraps are usually made of wood fibre, paper pulp and most often are made of silica sand and paper. However, some newer technologies have been developed that don’t use any paper or pulp at all. These newer systems are made of plastic fibres that are woven together to create a tight weave. The main benefit of using this is that it allows the silage to be sealed inside the bag without leaving any outside air-exposed. The tighter weave also allows for greater internal air circulation, preventing condensation within the bag from happening.
Older types of wrapping systems like baled silage wrapping and wicker basket wrapping had their origins in other means of agricultural production. They were created forage feed employing a wicker frame and a large flat sheet of rice tied to a rope tied to the frame. Then the wicker would be stuffed with straw, and the topmost layer of rice would be covered in animal fat. It would be then hung to dry and would often be stacked on top of each other to create a sleeping bag for the forage cows.
Although most modern-day silage wrapping processes adhere to the same general principles, these processes are still used today. The same materials are used, but they instead hang from a frame known as a “trestle”. When the materials forage has assembled, the rope used to hang the layers is called a forage loop. The same materials and procedures are followed for the assembly of the square bales, where the actual drying and curing process for drying and curing meats occurs.
A silage wrap or a bale is essentially an empty bag that can hold liquid. One type of bale that growers use is called a “double square bale”. This type has two sides, whereas a normal bale only has one side. The benefit of using a silage wrapper or bale is that it saves farmers’ time and money because the materials used to make the actual wrapping are not required to be shipped or stored. It saves farmers a lot of time and therefore money when they have to maintain several drying and curing rooms at once.
Some farmers like to use a clear wrap to retain moisture in their meat. It has been found that silage wraps are especially useful in the winter months when dampness is most prevalent. The materials used for making a silage wrap do not absorb moisture quickly. Therefore, when a baled piece of meat is put into a room, it will not absorb moisture quickly or build up in temperature. It allows farmers to open the door and walk out in brisk rain to get their supplies dried immediately.
Hay can be made into a silage wrap by companies that specialize in UV protection. UV rays can cause a great deal of damage to organic material if exposed for long periods, such as hay bales. Farmers can protect their supplies by wrapping them up in clear UV resistant wrapping and then storing them away until needed again. It is just another way that ranchers and farmers find ways to use silage wrap in outdoor storage to help them keep their produce fresh and prevent spoilage that could cost them money.