The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

Bale Stacks make silage storage more efficient and cost effective

Posted by Sam Searle on Aug 26, 2019 4:33:53 PM

Recently we caught up with Jono Doig, the manager of a large dairy support operation just out of Ashburton to see how they are benefitting from the best of both bales and stacks!

We went to catch up with Jono as they are utilising a unique silage storage system. Read on and watch the video to find out more.

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Topics: Silage & Winter Feed Handling, Bale Handling & Storage, attachments

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 the Rata Bale Clamps are the most 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 duty & durable design is a greasable equaliser bar for superior handling - no more swaying around the paddock, creating high pressure points on the bale and putting up with increased risk of rips or tears - choose the Rata Bale Clamps.


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, Working Smarter