Our latest generation of 100% recyclable and Polyisobutylene-free Agriflex® Evolution 5+ films have been developed to be the ideal, low-cost solution for the baling of agricultural silage. Manufactured and tested for use on all baling machinery and bale types, the Agriflex® Evolution 5+ range offers optimal reliability and preservation of organoleptic properties to deliver high-quality silage every time.
Agriflex® Evolution 5+ films are widely recognised for their superior puncture and tear resistance, 12-month guaranteed UV protection and ability for excellent cost-saving opportunities.
Manupackaging are also a founding partner of ERDE, Germany's recycling initiative dedicated to supporting the recovery and recycling system for used silage plastics, actively contributing to more sustainable agriculture.
Why should I use six layers of film instead of four when wrapping?
We recommend baling with six layers of film due to modern machinery producing larger, heavier bales, and being more powerful in terms of speed and productivity so the wrapped result remains strong and stable enough. The extra layers also provide silage greater protection against more extreme climates we now regularly experience due to global warming.
How can I prevent the excessive reduction of the film width (film too narrow after stretching)?
Before baling your first bale, check your baler settings are correctly set up to deliver the optimal stretch of the film, indicated by the correct reduction in film width as follows:
- 500mm wide film > reduction to 400mm wide
- 750mm wide film > reduction to 600mm wide
This test should be performed at least once daily, before starting the baling process.
If the film with is reduced by more than 20% in regular operation, you may need to reduce the speed of your baler to counteract this – if this is not possible, do not continue baling and contact your machinery dealer for further support.
Why should wrapped bales be stored on the flat side instead of on the round side?
The flat sides of round bales generally have twice as much film applied, so these areas have even more protection from the ground they sit on and weather, and provide more stability when stacked.
How can I protect my wrapped and stored bales from animals?
Smaller wildlife can cause perforations in the film (sometimes obscured from view) that can allow air and moisture to enter the bale. We highly recommend that bales are covered and protected by anti-bird netting, which can ensure the quality of your silage, and be reused for many years. This netting can also minimise solar radiation on the film.
How can I prevent/minimise mould surfaces on predominantly dry silage/feed?
Before baling, the silage content and baler settings should be checked for compliance with our films and terms of warranty.
Condensation may build up between the film and silage caused by drastic temperature fluctuations, leading to surface discolouration. Through use by European and American farmers, generally doubling the number of film layers when baling dry and moist feed can minimise or prevent condensation.
What other protective measures should I consider for storage?
Ensure the surface bales are being stored on is clear of debris that can damage or puncture the bales; ideally the surface can be covered with used silo film to provide further protection. The surface should have a slight gradient that can prevent the bales from sitting in standing water.
Store the bales in shaded or covered areas to minimise UV exposure, this helps the film last longer, and prevents the silage from overprocessing. Bales can also be covered with anti-bird netting to deter wildlife.
In the event of holes or punctures, seal these immediately with a UV-resistant silo film tape.