- Creates the right anaerobic conditions to deliver enhanced silage quality
- Facilitates faster, more efficient fermentation
- Suitable for a variety of crops, including grass, maize, whole crop silage and crimped grain
- 100% recyclable
The robust, durable nature of the Visqueen Clingseal sheeting range has made it a popular choice amongst farmers for decades thanks to its ability to create good ensiling conditions in the clamp. The Visqueen range has recently extended to include Visqueen Clingseal - a thin, flexible, low permeability sheet that reduces top and shoulder spoilage. This new generation clamp sits directly beneath the traditional black silage sheet, where, thanks to its design, it closely follows and clings to the clamp surface. In doing so, it prevents pockets of trapped air forming to significantly reduce aerobic spoilage on the top and shoulders.
In addition to providing an additional air seal, it creates the right anaerobic conditions to deliver enhanced silage quality. Visqueen Clingseal is especially beneficial when ensiling moist feeds like brewers' grain and crimped maize - higher-value crops that are more susceptible to wastage. Put simply, using this new type of film will help you to produce better quality silage with less waste.
- A 1m3 of maize silage equates to approx. 800kg of material
- Based on the example price of £40/tonne, 1m3 is, therefore, worth £32.
- So a 1m2 layer, 10cm deep is, therefore, worth £3.20.
- And a 1m2 layer, 1cm deep, is, therefore, worth 32p.
- Hence a film that costs approx. 10p/m2 equates to the value of just a 0.5cm thick later of maize silage per m2.
- Therefore, if a farmer has previously suffered surface spoilage of deeper than 0.5cm, that alone should cover the cost of the Clingseal, before even factoring in a more rapid fermentation process and the better quality silage resulting.
Clingseal - cutting your losses
Typically, forage consists of anything between 40 and 80% of the diet in most dairy and beef production (intensive beef finishing aside).
Feed as a whole represents the largest single cost in such systems, making it very clear that addressing the cost of forage while also maximising its quality, is an absolute priority.
IBERS (Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences in the UK) cite average dry matter losses of 25% under commercial silage making conditions, with in silo losses of 5-18% typical. Highlighting the importance of ensuring steps are taken to minimise these losses during the harvesting and clamping process.
Which is exactly why farmers and industry experts use Clingseal - a flexible silage sheet that is used directly beneath traditional, heavier silage sheets such as Visqueen Agri-S. Clingseal is thinner and therefore more flexible than standard silage sheets.
This allows it to “cling” more closely to the contours of the clamp surface and “tuck-in” more at the sides. As such it helps eliminate air pockets and provides a close fitting air barrier to significantly reduce top and shoulder losses from aerobic spoilage.
Additionally, because it provides a better air seal, it also facilitates a faster, more efficient fermentation process - delivering enhanced clamp silage quality.
Clingseal is easy to apply and suitable for a variety of ensiled crops, including grass. Shoulder and surface spoilage reduction is particularly noticeable with maize, wholecrop, and other ‘moist’ feeds
A quick calculation really focuses the mind on the real value the sheet can offer: 1m3 of maize silage equates to approx 800kg of material. So if maize is valued at £40/tonne, then 1m3 is worth £32. A 10cm deep layer is therefore worth £3.20 and a 1cm deep layer worth 32p. SSo this is a film that costs approximately half the value of a 0.5cm layer of maize silage over the surface of the clamp.’
Factor in shoulder spoilage, more rapid and efficient fermentation and better quality silage, then it’s a proverbial ‘no-brainer’..
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When it comes to producing good quality, nutritious silage small things can make a big difference. This is especially true of mistakes. A shortcut or a small oversight can ultimately result in silage that is unusable due to insufficient dry matter content or worse, silage that is dangerous to herd health because of mould growth and the likely presence of mycotoxins or Listeria.
Many farmers have come to accept some issues, particularly with mould, as inevitable and as a necessary evil. The reality is however, it's all too often caused by someone committing one of a number of silage "sins".