Current research has investigated the effects of net wrap accumulation on the hay bale’s bottom side when hay is processed with net wrap sales applied. The big question being asked is if net wrap issues concerning net wrap gathering on the bales’ bottom can be avoided. Net wrap is a polyethylene plastic material that is woven closely like a carpet. This type of plastic is very good at trapping air moisture which is what hay is attracted to help the plants stay alive. When the temperature outside is cold, but the temperatures inside the storage area’s storage area are warm, the hay’s natural moisture helps keep them alive and growing. In contrast, the temperature inside the storage building during the summer months is hot.
The issue that arises is that net wrap sales becomes trapped on the bottom of the bales stored outside. Since the bales are not being exposed to direct sunlight and heat, the plastics’ water-shedding ability degrades. When this happens, the hay will start to shed, and the stored moisture starts to escape. This moisture loss is a potential problem for both the producer and the consumer.
Although most people may see a problem with this scenario, it is important to examine how net wrap bales are stored before analysing how it can affect the bales. Net wrap bales are usually held in cold weather and an enclosed environment. It becomes difficult to get the entire wrap to gather on the bottom of the bales. However, there are ways to eliminate this problem. Two methods can be used for de-lamination of the bales.
The first method, which many consider the more desirable way, is called human baling. The concept behind rumen baling is that the plastic wraps that form a net wrap sales are soaked in the liquid, which causes them to roll up like a burrito. The liquids used in the process are usually water or anti-freeze. Once the plastic rolls up, the liquids will force air through the plastic fibres’ spaces. This air attack will cause the plastic to break down into two components – one, the chemical component, and the hay. Once the hay has been separated from the chemical elements, the net wrap can then be reshaped using mechanical tools.
The second method used to de-laminate net wrap is called pneumatic reaming. This method involves manually removing the hay from the plastic while filling the gaps with hydraulic fluid. The process is used for various reasons, including maintaining the consistency of the net wrap and avoiding any punctures.
The final type of de-lamination process called lamination involves feeding plastic wrap with a metal blade. The metal blade will then scrape along with the wrap and remove any unwanted chemical or loose debris. Some people prefer using bales because they have more flexibility, but it is important to make sure you are using the right size of bale because too small a bag will not prevent your net wrap from being punctured. Another consideration is that if you plan on using bales regularly, you may find it useful to purchase several sizes so that you never run out. Net wrap is a valuable material when properly cared for.