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We finished haying today!:partydanc The last job was to cut and wrap the oats we planted for silage, so I took some pics for those who've never seen the process before.
We had a few spectaters, of course. (My mom and my boys)
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Our neighbor (and cousin) does the wrapping for us as it isn't feasible for us to have our own wrapper for the small amount of silage we make.

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The wrap is just like plastic wrap you would use in your fridge, except white to keep UV rays from damaging the silage.

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The bale sits on large rollers that are fixed to a rotating table. As the bale is rotated horizontally, the rollers also spin it on it's axis, so the wrap covers half it's width each turn.

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After the bale makes 2 full rotations on it's axis, there are 4 layers of wrap covering the bale, making an air-tight seal so the silage can do it's thing.

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Now you just need the giant Stay Puff marshmallow man from ghost busters and you'll be all set:lmao:
 

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Great pics of life on the farm part! :thumbsup: Many farmers around my fathers farm use GIANT baggy that is about 100 yards long and place it in a trench; then fill it with silage. Usually sorghum or chopped corn. It get to fermenting pretty good so it does not freeze and you can just drive the tractor right into the giant baggy and scoop out what you need for the feeding.
 

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partsman,

Thanks for the great pics! I have seen many a wrapped bale and some of the equipment used for it at an Ag show, but never seen it done. Thanks for the education.

Chief,

I have some big remnants of the "baggy" in an old silage pit that is on my land. I'll have to get rid of them one of these days.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys.:)

Chief, there are a few using the ag-bags around here too, but most just go with a pit or bunk, and of course, still a lot of silos.
 
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