WITH the weather so unpredictable, silage season can be a stressful one. Blaney Agri in County Antrim manufactures the SwathAir to address the problem of drying grass for better quality silage in short windows of good weather.
The theory behind the SwathAir machine is that it is better to make the silage higher rather than wider meaning if it rains there is less surface area exposed, going back to the theory of the hay stack. The Blaney SwathAir is developed to maximise air induction and to turn swards, to dry the damp grass underneath.
An innovative “flick-out” rotor creates an optimized sward structure for air circulation. This is the only machine on the market that can offer an extra sward conditioning process to crack up the ligaments in the stalks and assist in further removal of the grass’s water retaining waxy coating.
Results have shown 75 per cent less effluent comes from wilted grass using the SwathAir than direct cut silage. Baled silage where the Blaney SwathAir has been used on the sward should result in 28 per cent dry matter (DM) compared to 19 per cent DM for untreated grass.
Blaney’s Sward Rebuilding Technology ensures that round bales are packed fuller for a better shape. This will result in up to 30 per cent less bales and greatly reduce unnecessary wrapping costs per hectare. In simple terms, you get better quality silage in less time, and better, more compact bales.
The company has been posting some exciting videos of the SwathAir in action on its BlaneyAgri facebook page, youtube channel and website www.blaneyagri.com
The SwathAir is available in 2.2m and 2.5m pick up widths, with the ability to work with up to 30ft swards.