Bale wrapper is a farm equipment used for wrapping bales in plastic in order to turn them into silage. Since the introduction of bale wrapping system in the 1980s, wrapping bale silage has provided superior quality, nutritious fodder. Further, it also provides added benefits such as low investment costs, reduced labor requirements, and increased feeding flexibility as compared to clamp silage.
Bale wrappers can be a benefit for any size of farmer. Bale wrappers are often known as low cost storage unit for long stem grasses, and hence, are widely preferred by farmers. Desired storage capacity can be obtained through bale wrappers when silo capacity is insufficient, preferably during the time of forage surplus. The wrapped bale silages are often placed in different convenient locations around the farm to provide small feeding units. Moreover, large bale silage provides a better and precise allocation of forages, based on their quality.
A key factor fueling the growth of the bale wrapper market is the shortened harvesting time. Wrapping of silage requires cutting crop to wilt only a few hours before baling. High-humidity and anticipated rainstorms posing immense risk when hay is involved, but these are less of a problem with silage. The moisture content reduces the rate of leaf loss during harvest in bale silage, which results in a high-quality source of protein than field cured hay.
An essential element of the bale wrapping process is the choice of a high-quality bale wrapper in order to provide the best protection. Fundamental properties of a high-quality bale wrapper are UV radiation protection, superior strength, and effective tack properties. These properties provides protection from sunlight, good puncture resistance, and airtight seal. Good-quality bale wrapper resists the rigors of rapid wrapping equipment and of the burden placed upon it during wrapping and transportation. However, utilizing a low-quality bale wrapper can result in poor bale density, stoppages, air entrance, and inconsistent stretching. Further, usage of plastic bale wrappers is an environmental concern, which is restraining the growth of the bale wrapper market at the global level.
The global bale wrapper market can be segmented based on product, type, operation type, end-user industry, and geography. In terms of product, the bale wrapper market can be classified into platform, swinging arm, in-line, and bale spear. In-line wrappers place bales end-to-end in a row while wrapping. This type of wrapper uses less plastic because the ends of the bales are not covered. Based on type, the global bale wrapper market can be divided into round bale wrapper and square bale wrapper. Round bale wrappers are the primary choice of farmers and contractors who undertake bale wrapping at the storage site. Moreover, round bale wrappers are fairly simple to handle. In terms of operation type, the global bale wrapper market can be categorized into manual, automatic, and semi-automatic. Demand for automatic bale wrappers has increasing every year. Based on end-user industry, the bale wrapper market can be bifurcated into agricultural production, irrigation, lease, and others. In terms of geography, the global bale wrapper market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Companies operating in the global bale wrapper market are focusing on efficient solutions to meet the rising demand for the product. Key players operating in the global bale wrapper market include Abbriata SRL, Anderson Group Co., APIESSE S.r.l., Caeb International Srl, Conor Engineering, ELHO Oy Ab, Enorossi, IHI STAR Machinery Corporation, John Deere, KUHN S.A., Kverneland Group Deutschland GmbH, MASCAR Spa, McHale Engineering Ltd., SITREX S.p.A., Stinger, Inc., Supertino Srl, Tanco Autowrap Ltd., URSUS S.A., Vermeer, and Vicon.