If you have been harvesting your straw in fantastic dry conditions, and been able to bail it wit the minimum of moisture. Then the last thing you want is for your bails to get wet when stored. If you are not fortunate to have enough permanent barn storage then a Straw Stack Cover Sheet provides an ideal solution to keep your bails in a good condition and importantly provide protection against the elements.
The extreme weather conditions (extreme levels of rainfall in short time periods, gales and winds reaching record speeds) experienced throughout the United Kingdom have conspired to raise straw prices. With straw now being recognised as a valuable commodity its worth protecting whether the straw is for your own use or for sale.
If straw is uncovered and becomes damp it becomes unappetising as feed (which means that you are likely to get waste) and less absorbent as bedding (which means that you will have to use more straw.
Straw Cover Sheet – Avoid Danger
Most importantly uncovered straw bales can become a source of mould . You can quickly and easily protect your straw stacks cost effectively using a straw stack sheet when barn storage is not an option. Purchasing a specially designed straw stack cover sheet will prevent the wind lifting the plastic sheet. Gravel bags or sand bags fixed with clips should be fixed every metre to anchor sheets and covers for a long term stable storage solution.
Straw Stack Cover Sheet Case Studies
Case Study 1: Covering the straw with a straw stack cover sheet prevented the outside fifteen to eighteen centimetres of the straw bales being ruined. The straw coming out from under the cover was excellent feed quality. With the current value of straw covering with a straw cover sheet has definitely proved financially beneficial.
Case Study 2: In the past it has taken many hours to cover the stacked hay with loose tarapaulin which was was heavy and awkward to deal with. Using a bespoke stack cover sheet is not only easier but provides a better covering.
Straw Stack Cover Sheet Summary
- A well maintained straw stack cover sheet tarpaulin should achieve an average life of approximately 5 years ( depending on how its fitted and weather conditions)
- When fitted and stored correctly you could expect to see a quality tarpaulin lasting 7-8 years
- The simple rule of thumb is that a tight tarp is a happy tarp that and will stay in place even in severe wind
- With quality tensioning systems apply a 250 -300 pound pressure, two persons can pull can apply 400 pound pressure, and as long as you have a quality system you will tighten without damaging
- Once the tarpaulin is fitted its recommended that you tighten every few days the first 10-14 days as the stack settles, then tighten regularly every 2-3 weeks. Additionally recheck and tighten before and after forecast heavy winds
- Whatever the grade of material any tarpaulin that is not tight will damage in the wind
- High performance quality tarpaulins are easier to maintain and keep tight
It pays to protect your bales, round or square, hay or straw
Performer Tarpaulin, well proven, the successfully cover for your bales
If you would like to know more about Straw Stack Cover Sheets contact Andrew Goode MBA, MSc, FCIM Click here to arrange a call
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