Advice, tips & news for farmers who want to 'work smarter'

The true value of a wrapped bale handler

Posted by Sam Searle on Jan 16, 2019 8:06:56 AM

We all know rips and tears on wrapped silage bales are bad and lead to decreased feed value, with extreme cases rendering the bale useless as aerobic spoilage and mold growth makes it too dangerous to feed out.

But just how much do rips and tears on silage bales cost our farmers? Read on to find out!

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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, Silage Making Tips, attachments

Choosing the right bale handler for your farm

Posted by Sam Searle on Dec 10, 2018 4:38:32 PM

Whether they spike or grip, bale handlers all do just what the name says. But as we know, there’s a spanner and there’s the spanner you need, so here’s a guide to what bale handler does what job best, and how the right one can help your operation become more productive.

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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage

The Best Bale Clamps

Posted by Glenn Walton on Nov 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Making the best Bale Clamps with superior design

With an opening width of 2.1m and a lift capacity of 2100kg it's no surprise  Rata Bale Clamps are the popular choice for Farmers & Contractors in NZ. The clamps (or soft hands) are ideal for moving, stacking and transporting bales. The design allows 1 or 2 bales to be lifted at once without damaging the wrap. The Clamps also allow for round bales & square bales up to 1.8m to be handled. Adding to its already heavy & durable design is a greasable equaliser bar for superior handling.


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, Working Smarter

How-To Stack and Handle Silage Bales

Posted by Glenn Walton on Oct 25, 2016 3:52:26 PM

How important is it to do this right?

Very important: A high-quality crop, good quality bale wrap, and top notch wrapping system will have been wasted if the bales are not stacked and stored correctly or left in an unsuitable environment.


Check out the video to see why Stratford Farms in South Canterbury use Rata Wrapped Bale Grabs to handle the 4,000 silage bales they produce every year:


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage