Silawrap iPhone app to give helping hand to contractors
A new Silawrap iPhone app has been launched, which provides information to silage contractors and farmers on the financial benefits of producing quality silage, wrapping bales with six layers and silage wrapper maintenance.
Silawrap claim their app is the first of its kind in the world. Information is available in short video format, with the footage being shot recently in Tipperary.
"Grass is a crop and, like all crops, reseeding, weed control, harvesting, storage and quality testing are the all-important links in the chain to successful grass management," said Ken Higgins, Silawrap European sales and marketing manager.
"Using Teagasc figures, we conclude that quality silage at 77pc DMD is worth €12 more per bale than 68pc DMD when compared to current feed barley costs."
While autumn might seem like a strange time to launch this app, Mr Higgins pointed out that wrapper maintenance is often done during the down season.
"This app can be used to help both farmers and contractors plan their silage cutting for next year and get machinery ready over the wintertime," he said.
ITW Silawrap employs 100 people at its plants in Gorey and Waterford, producing in excess of 500,000 rolls of Silawrap per annum.