New machine will strip plastic-wrapped bales
Hi-Spec Engineering, from Bagnalestown, Co Carlow, is launching its new Hi-Spec Bale Strip at this year's National Ploughing Championships.
This is a bale strip and handler system which has been designed to handle and strip wrapped bales of the plastic and netting.
It will also split a bale so that it may be placed into a feed mixer or feed passage.
It's designed to work along with a knife mounted on top of a feed mixer or on the ground, depending whether or not the farmer is putting the bales into a feed mixer.
It works by picking up the bale with two tines, and then a claw arm which is mounted over the bale grabs the plastic/netting.
The bale is then moved over the knife (either on the feed mixer or the ground), which slices the underside of the plastic or netting.
A fixed knife on the handler splits the plastic between the two tines when the bale is first picked up.