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Re: explain this to me.....

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Roy in UK

07-01-2013 23:06:06

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Well I hate to tell you guys across the pond but
we beat you all to it! Round bale silage was invented
by a Brit in the 1980s. The method of conserving
silage in round bales in silage was pioneered in
the 1980"s by a British farmer called Lloyd
Forster. The original method was to put them into
big plastic bags sealed with cable ties which was
a very slow and tedious job and the results were
"mixed" to say the least. Then whilst travelling
through Australia Mr. Forster was approached by a
firm that was making a machine to wrap bales in
plastic. However,the first successful machine for stretch wrapping
silage bales was built by Kverneland in
association with Mr. Forster and a British animal feed company
called Volac. We bought one almost as soon as they
appeared on the market because we were sick of
making poor quality hay due to a run of very wet
summers we were having at the time. If made
correctly, round bale silage is wonderful stuff.
Lloyd Forster

Edit. While I was researching this, I found that sadly Mr. Forster died last April.
This post was edited by Roy in UK at 23:16:13 07/01/13.

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07-02-2013 04:42:59

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 Re: explain this to me..... in reply to Roy in UK, 07-01-2013 23:06:06  
I was in England once (Chipperfield) in the early 80's. I wondered what all those huge plastic bags were for in the fields - a taxi driver actually explained to me that it was a new expiremental process for round bales.

... I remember thinking you guys were crazy!

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T in NE

07-02-2013 16:53:00

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 Re: explain this to me..... in reply to JRSutton, 07-02-2013 04:42:59  
If it originated in the 80s in England, it didn't take long to make a big swim, because I was born in 81 and it seems that a couple neighbors had always wrapped bales.

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Roy in UK

07-01-2013 23:19:36

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 Re: explain this to me..... in reply to Roy in UK, 07-01-2013 23:06:06  
Lloyd Forster's obituary

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Traditional Farmer

07-02-2013 04:18:29

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 Re: explain this to me..... in reply to Roy in UK, 07-01-2013 23:19:36  
Farmers were bagging silage/haylage in the US before there were large round balers

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Roy in UK

07-02-2013 13:43:03

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 Re: explain this to me..... in reply to Traditional Farmer, 07-02-2013 04:18:29  
Yes probably, but it was Mr. Forster who had the idea to enclose a bale in plastic.

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