“ We are predominantly arable but also run a suckler herd. Since we started Ag bagging our silage it has always been harvested in a day, the bag sits neat and tidy in the steading and there isn’t a drop of waste when it comes to feedout.”
“For our sheep flock we prefer the Ag-Bag System. Better quality chopped forage is the main advantage we find over bales, and no soil contamination from vehicle movements like we had in our old clamp means Listeriosis is a thing of the past for us.”
“We have both cuts of grass, our whole crop wheat, and our urea treated barley all in separate Ag-Bags which allows us to tailor our rations and make the most of our home grown feed.”
Our large 12' diameter bagging machines can keep pace with your high capacity foraging contractors.
Almost instant air-tight conditions and post fermentation liquor re-absorbtion keep vital nutrients held in the silage.
2 - 3% DM losses compared with up to 20% or more with alternative storage methods.
Unlimited low cost storage capacity, where you want it, when you need it.
Scientific research has established that certain ideal conditions for feed storage and processing will maximise the value of crops over time. If your crop is harvested at peak nutritional value, one can preserve virtually all of that value until the crop is fed to livestock. The ideal is achievable if the crop is compacted in an oxygen-free environment, with Dry Matter in the 28 – 40% range. Once ensiled, the fermentation process begins – in which the lactic acid producing bacteria thrive. After approximately three weeks of fermentation, the pH drops to about 4.0, indicating stabilised silage which will remain constant until fed. The Silage Bagging System provides an ideal Oxygen-free environment for this important process to take place.
WHOLECROP SILAGE (WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS, ARABLE MIXES ETC)
BREWERS GRAINS AND DISTILLERS GRAIN
WET CRIMPED GRAIN AND DRY GRAIN FEEDS
PRESSED SUGAR BEET PULP
There are many benefits of using the AgBag system both in the way that it works and the results that it produces. The airtight bags prevent the growth of yeast, moulds, bacteria and insects that can otherwise be detrimental to your feedstock. AgBag storage produces an easily digestible, higher quality feed than any other system.
Using our AgBagging service can either remove the high capital outlay needed for silage clamps or they can complement an existing clamp based system by ag-bagging excess crop or by using the bags to store whole crop or high quality 2nd or 3rd cut grass separate from clamped silage to allow for utilising these crops better in ration mixes.
Storing your silage in an AgBag is one of the most efficient ways of achieving high quality silage. Ag-Bagging silage and moist feeds is becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to excellent and consistent quality of the end product. By storing your silage in a bag you are able to achieve the following benefits and more!
Competitive rates with a scalable service from £5.00 - £7.00 per tonne. Similarly priced to baling and wrapping + with Ag-Bag you get all the advantages associated with feeding chopped forage.
When harvesting the bagger is packing your silage crop and covering it at the same time, this reduces harvest losses to a minimum. Trailers tip directly into the AgBag machines front hopper, this means no soil contamination from dirty trailer wheels.
Consistent high compaction is achieved by short chop length, our high capacity baggers and very experienced operators resulting in a high quality end product.
Storing Agricultural feedstocks in an AgBag ensures a high preservation of nutrients because of the airtight conditions, also liquor retention and re-absorbtion post fermentation means far more nutrients are re-absorbed into the silage rather than run into an effluent tank and wasted. – Silage bags are best suited to mid–high DM crop storage, >28% DM. There are valves fitted to the end of the bags to enable sucking out excess liquor in low DM occasions.
A key factor affecting the cost of silage production is the Dry Matter (DM) losses associated with silage storage and feeding out. Using our AgBag system reduces storage losses significantly, 2 – 3%compared with up to 20% or more that can occur with alternative processes – 8%bales and 20% or more in some clamp situations.
Our 10 foot and 12 foot diameter bags reduce feedout losses to a minimum compared with big wide clamp faces that can take up to a week or more to get over.
Our AgBags can be placed on any firm, level surface (at least 10 meters from any watercourse) allowing them to be placed in different areas of the farm to suit individual requirements. Unlimited low cost storage capacity where you want it, when you need it.
No clamp cover to fold back.
No H&S issues with working at height or near a big drop off the clamp face and walls.
No clamp face spoilage.
Markings can be written anywhere on bags for crop description, field identifier, analysis results etc.
Segregated feeds in different bags to maximise ration mixes and maximise crop value.
Feed-out all the silage you ensile. All silage has consistent compaction to achieve the best possible quality.
Bags can be unloaded with front end loaders / tele-handlers or self feed.
For bigger AD customers a 360 excavator can be used with a large bucket the wrong way round or a large grab bucket.
No days wasted scraping up heaps of wasted silage trampled into the ground at ring feeders and no smelly/ slimy bale wrap flapping around your ears on a windy day.
3 –4 times less plastic used than the same tonnage stored in bales. Good for the environment and good for your pocket.
Farmers can significantly reduce their silage production costs and thus improve their financial profitability by using our silage bagging system.
Billy Rae started with an AgBag machine in 1980, now the business has multiple 10 foot and 12 foot Ag-Bagging machines which allows us the flexibility needed to fit in best with site size, crop stage, weather windows, and your forager contractor.
Our baggers are delivered on site either by artic low loaders or by tractor depending on the size of machine and job location – We cover the whole of Scotland and the North of England and work closely with our counterparts in the south of England to give full UK wide coverage.
Once on site and set up the silage trailers (silage trailers must have either “up and over” type or hydraulic back doors) reverse back to the hopper of our bagging machine and tip directly into the hopper, the 12 foot baggers can unload a 14 tonne trailer in roughly 3 minutes.
Bag lengths can be any length up to 80 meters in 10 foot diameter or 140 meters on the 12 foot machines. 10 foot diameter baggers pack 28 – 30% DM silage at around 5 tonnes/metre and 12 foot diameter baggers at around 6.5 tonnes /metre. Note: All bag capacities are approximate. Capacities will vary based on many factors, including type of forage, or grain, moisture content, chop length, etc.
Once a bag is filled or the job is completed we remove the bagger from the bag and seal the end of the bag with a sealing strip, making the bag airtight within minutes of the last load going in.