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Steamer For Hay Balers
"It allows you to bale dry alfalfa in the heat of the day with virtually no leaf loss," says Jack Maher, inventor of the Fodderking steaming system for hay balers.
An LP or diesel-fired pressure boiler (about 35 psi), pulled behind the baler, generates steam which is injected into the windrow via a 12 ft. long steaming canopy that attaches just ahead of the baler's windrow pickup.
"Here in Australia, alfalfa dry enough to bale has to be baled while the dew is on or you lose all the leaves. This steamer allows farmers to bale alfalfa whenever they want, including the heat of the day, without losing leaves," explains Maher. Investing 25 or 30 cents a bale for steaming can increase hay production and value by 30% or more, says Maher.
He thinks his steamer will have wide application throughout the world, including the U.S. and Canada. He also feels it can be readily adapted to big round balers.
Contact: Fodderking Steamer, Agtech Promotions, P.O. Box 1198, North Sydney, NSW Australia 2060 (ph 02 662 3719).

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