Hans-Albrecht Reerman is a contractor based in Brilon, in the Sauerland region in North Rhine Westfalia. He produces bales for around 200 customers in the region.
According to Mr. Reermann careful handling of the bales when preparing for transportation and storage is essential to prevent damage to bales and ensure good quality silage. To this end, he researched this area and 15 years ago developed a handling tool specifically adapted for bales, which has obtained the DLG certification and is today commercialised across Europe.
"Many bale silage producers neglect the importance of careful handling of the bales and do not realise the risks bales undergo during the handling process and the preparation for transportation - such as the lifting on and off the truck when transported from the production site to the storage location.
"As the silage film has already been pre-stretched during the wrapping phase, additional stretching of the film with inappropriate tools during the handling process can make the film porous, often difficult to see with the naked eye. This can lead to gas exchange with air getting into the bale and altering the formation process. As a result, spores and moulds grow inside the bales leading to the deterioration in the quality of the ensiled product.
"It is therefore very important to take special care of the bales and to use a handling tool that does not further stretch the film. The use of additional layers of silage film can minimize the risk of damage to the bales."