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Using bale processor for silage bales

This is the first year we've tried triticale silage bales and I was wondering if anyone else has fed them with a bale processor. We have a newer highline with fine chop and I'm just worried that the wetness of silage will make it plug up a bunch. I really don't want to have to go buy a vertical mixer to feed them tho.

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Our neighbor uses a Highline with the fine chop to feed silage bales and wrapped hay bales. Says it works ok, Takes a lot of power though.


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We used a high line regular chop to feed about 12 bales a day years ago when we had cows. If the silage is too wet it won't leave the rotor chamber . If I recall correctly it had to be very wet for this to happen. The frozen bales are hard on the flails and rotor over time. I think we went through 2 units over a six year period.
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Does a guy have to take the plastic off is using individual wrapped bales? If the weather doesn't smarten up I am considering getting a guy in to individual wrap bales.

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Ya you would def have to take the wrap off. We just did them in long tubes not wrapped individually
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Does a guy have to take the plastic off is using individual wrapped bales? If the weather doesn't smarten up I am considering getting a guy in to individual wrap bales.
I'm stumped by this question. What else would you do with the plastic?

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I'm stumped by this question. What else would you do with the plastic?
Run it through the processor. I didn't think it would work, but I have never seen the plastic that is used on individual bales.

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So, as in let the cows eat it or pick through it? I guess that's the part that stumps me/ bothers me.

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So, as in let the cows eat it or pick through it? I guess that's the part that stumps me/ bothers me.
Im wondering if he was thinking the processor would grab most/all of the plastic in the drum like it does the twine
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Yes Cd, that was my hope. Starting to rethink individual wrap. My only experience with silage is in a pit. One last question though. If a guy goes with tube, how soon do the bales have to be wrapped? Just thinking about time from baling to moving them home and having the guy wrap them.


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