Vicon’s non-stop round baler-wrapper combination, the FastBale, is now available with film-on-film capability, in addition to traditional net tying.

Film tying is exactly the same as net tying – only the material used to secure the bale is different. The revised process sees film used to tie the bale before it leaves the chamber, and with it comes several advantages.

Thanks to film’s pre-stretch capabilities, the film-on-film process reduces bale expansion as it leaves the chamber, creating a denser bale than the net-wrapped equivalent. And with it, less oxygen is trapped inside the bale, contributing to an improvement in forage quality.

“Film-on-film is yet another extension of the FastBale’s impressive capabilities,” explains Vicon baler specialist Mike Howell. “With film stretched to catch the edges of the bale, this bale tying technique builds on the bale qualities that Vicon is known for – superb bale shape and high density.”

When it comes to waste recycling, film-on-film provides additional benefits for farmers. Disposal requires users only to deal with plastic as a single waste stream – not a combination of plastic with net.

FastBale’s revised film-on-film injection system can also be used with rolls of net, for those operators who prefer total flexibility with silage quality. Including rolls in use, the non-stop baler-wrapper has the capacity to carry up to 10 rolls of bale wrap, plus two rolls of either net or film for tying.

The film-on-film option adds £4,170 to the cost of FastBale.