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Domed Bale Cap Protects Hay
"Our customers used them to store 2,400 round hay bales last season and after nine months there was only 2 percent damage compared with 20 to 30 percent in bales stored outside with no covering," says Bernard Adam about a new ventilated bale cap he introduced recently at the SIMA Show at Montreal, Quebec.
Adam says the "domed" caps have vent holes in the top that improve ventilation through round hay bales stacked on end by acting like a chimney that draws air up through them.
The cap, which has a fiberglass arch in the middle for support, is made of a laminated polyethylene material. It has two ventilation outlets to allow heat to escape through round hay bales stacked three high or straw bales stacked four high. The vents are fitted with covers to prevent rain from getting in and soaking the bale.
"Based on tests we conducted in Arizona over the last seven years, we expect the bale cap to last 10 years," Adam says. Available in four sizes to fit 4 through 6 ft. dia. bales.
Sells for $36 to $41 apiece (Canadian).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Les Systemes Agricoles Adam Inc., 400, Chemin Racine, R.R. 1, Granby, Quebec, Canada J2G 8C6 (ph 514 534-2476, fax 3529).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3