Silage Covers generally are a heavy layer of clear plastic sheeting laid over grain and feed sheds to prevent early degradation or spoilage of silage. Most silage covers are usually five mil or thick rolled plastic sheets. Silage Covers come in dual-layered with black and white on one side. The black side is usually seen on the market, and the white side may have different coloured writing on it like an embossed “P”.
Some silage covers consist of a UV filter that helps maintain the silage’s purity while adding protection. The UV filter will generally be located inside the silo. An aluminium silage cover, for example, has a built-in ultraviolet filter to prevent harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching the grain. In addition, this UV filter filters to remove impurities before they become part of the fodder, which prevents the hay from spoiling.
Other types of silage covers come in the form of a patented folding cover or a bunker cover. A patented folding silage cover is essentially just a flat plastic membrane with a fold-up area for allowing access to the grain. The fold-up area is designed to allow for easy cleaning of the silo. A patented folding bunker cover is similar to a silo, but it does not have the fold-up area for allowing easy access to the grain.
Silage Covers also come in the form of oxygen barrier film. The oxygen barrier film will prevent any moisture from getting to the hay as the moisture will likely destroy the oxygen barrier film. These types of Silage Covers can add a certain amount of protection to the finished silage product. Depending upon the moisture content in the environment of the desired location where the fodder is to be stored will depend upon the amount of protection that can be added.
There are also other types of moisture barriers, such as six mil silage covers manufactured with a thick urethane layer to protect from moisture penetrating the material. Some hay can also be made from materials with a lower density, such as clay. Clay can be highly absorbent, and when moisture penetrates the clay even further can make it extremely difficult to clean. However, if the moisture resistance of the clay is less than that of an average slab or rug, one can still make use of these types of covers.
If you have a silo, you might consider having a few things installed on the inside of your silo for better overall protection of your silo from both moisture and UV damage. One of the most common features of these silos is a moisture barrier which acts as an oxygen barrier. Silos can soak up many harmful UV rays and, at the same time, release this harmful UV radiation into the atmosphere around them. Having a sound moisture barrier installed within the confines of the silo will help prevent any harmful UV rays from getting inside the silo and damaging your livestock.
Other types of silage cover include a silage ventilation screen which works just like a shower curtain. These screens work by filtering the air before entering the silo, preventing unhealthy indoor air from entering the silo. Also available are biocompatible silage film covers made of materials that do not cause any health or environmental problems.
When deciding what type of silage covers will be best suited to your requirements, several suppliers and manufacturers of this product can provide you with a wide variety of products. In addition, you can often exactly choose what type of cover you require based upon the climate of the area you live in. Also, certain silage covers are more suitable for use in certain climates, so it may be worth consulting a local expert before making the final decision.