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Accolades Keep Coming for Silapactor
SilaPactor, the ultimate implement for compacting forage clamps, has been judged ‘Best Farm Product’ in the Western Morning News Countryside Awards for 2015-16.
The awards celebrate all that’s best in the rural West Country, and the SilaPactor’s prize as the ‘Best Farm Product’ follows receipt of the prestigious Dr Alban Davies Trophy at last year’s Royal Welsh Show, in a category that recognises the machine, implement or device which is likely to be of most benefit to Welsh farmers.
Independent trials have shown that the better a clamp is compacted the lower the losses due to poor fermentation. A well compacted silage face can be cut out more easily, and is more stable because air cannot penetrate as far into the remaining silage mass.
Attempting to compact a clamp using the weight of a tractor alone generally involves a lot of manoeuvring and using the resulting tyre tracks as visual confirmation that every part of the clamp has been compacted. However, achieving good compaction at the sides of the clamp is often compromised or results in damage to side sheeting and clamp walls.
SilaPactor speeds up the compaction process almost four-fold, saving both time and fuel. Rolling tight to the sides of the clamp is much easier, resulting in improved silage quality in this vulnerable area. SilaPactor has been shown to increase dry matter density by up to 40 per cent when compared to conventional tractor rolling. That’s an impressive 40 per cent more feed that can be stored in the same clamp, helping to save valuable space.
The standard SilaPactor is 3m wide, weighing in at 4,000kg with 11 individual rollers. An even heavier-duty model for large-scale operations has recently been introduced, and features 15 rollers spanning 4m weighing in at an impressive 6,000kg.