Netwrap vs. Twine
What is your main goal?
- Bale durability and storage
- Bale appearance
- Cost per bale
In a study by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), bale storage and handling losses were reduced by as much as 65 percent when netwrap was applied instead of twine.*
Netwrapped bales maintain their shape with a secure, full-width netted casing – one that’s typically tighter, more uniform and more stable in all types of storage conditions. If you factor in the added strength of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) netwrap, like Vermeer™ Net, it increases the protective characteristics of net even more, because it minimizes stretching.
Cost per bale
If you base your decision strictly on equipment and material costs, twine wins. Just keep in mind twine-wrapped bales can cost you elsewhere in terms of bale durability, appearance and operating costs. For example, netwrap requires just two to four rotations per bale versus 20 for twine. That’s a lot of time lost. The ASABE found bale production increased an average of 32 percent per bale when netwrap was applied instead of twine.*
This choice not only affects productivity in the field, but also the nutritional quality of your bales when you feed them. Your bale packaging material isn’t just about bale presentation, it’s about potential storage losses, herd health, feed value, weight gains, meat/milk production, and fuel and labor costs.
“ With Vermeer Net you can produce a nice tight bale — you’re able to keep a bale longer than a year with less spoilage.” – Tyler Knight, Owner of TK Farms and Welding in Lowry City, Missouri
* Shinners, K. J., Huenink, B. M., Muck, R. E., & Albrecht, K. A. (2009). Storage Characteristics of Large Round Alfalfa Bales: Dry Hay. Transactions of the ASABE, 52(2), 409-418. doi:10.13031/2013.26825
~Manufacturer suggested retail price as of March 2018