AGCO is introducing the most recent of their baler lineup: the Massey Ferguson RB 4160P Protec combo baler.
The unit, which produces 4-by-5-foot bales, combines all of the options discovered on the RB Collection silage balers with an built-in bale-wrapping unit, permitting producers to harvest and ensile high-moisture forages in a single course of.
Whether or not harvesting forage for a dairy or beef operation, the baler is ready to deal with any crop a grower needs to bale, says Dane Mosel, advertising and marketing product specialist for hay and forage at AGCO.
“In climates with high humidity and lots of rain, putting up hay traditionally can be a challenge, so many forage growers are turning to baled silage,” Mosel explains. “Not only do they avoid the drydown issues, but they can harvest their forage at the ideal growth stage for maximum nutritional value.”
Along with plastic-wrapped baleage, the machine can be utilized to mesh wrap forage earlier than bagging as silage, in addition to to bale dry hay, straw, and course materials comparable to corn stover.
Mosel provides that by wrapping a silage bale as quickly because it leaves the bale chamber, extra protein and vitamins may be retained for animals to eat.
“It takes less than a minute from the time forage enters the Protec’s pickup to the time the wrapped bale is released,” he says. “That preserves the nutritional quality the grower worked so hard to achieve in that crop. Feeding such premium-quality forage may actually lower ration costs because you don’t need to feed as much or need as many supplements.”