Categories: Articles, Stock and game farmingPublished On: 6th September 2021

TamaTwine+ takes tangles out of baling

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Disaster lurks where baling is attempted without proper twine for the task. On the other hand, reliable twine underpins successful baling operations.

One Gloucestershire farmer/contractor, Brian Brazington, knows all too well that choosing the right bale twine cuts down-time, speeds up outputs, and avoids damaged or deformed bales, with an eye on environmental sustainability, and all at the right cost per metre. Brian runs a successful baling contractor business alongside his own sheep and grass enterprise at Farmington in the heart of the Cotswolds near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He says: “The right twine for the job enables us to deliver neat, firm, valuable bales to our customers.”

Three balers produce over 8 000 bales a year, with a four-string 80 x 90 Case/New Holland 332 and a six-string 90 x 120 Fendt being particularly well suited to the work. Around 60% of the baling is forage and 40% straw, the latter including spring barley, especially tough to bale when picked up right behind the combine on a bright sunny day.

Having tried various twines, Brian settled on TamaTwine+ a few years ago. “It was popular locally, available through the farm co-op, and the fact that leading baler manufacturers market it with their own branding gave me the confidence to use the product,” he says.

The option of purchasing XL spools clinched the switch. “I prefer larger spools. I would say 95% of baling string problems occur with spool changes. Even if you make every effort to join the ends with a small knot with short tails it can still become undone. Or the knotter can tie on top of the joint, with the same result – the string fails. Nobody wants to be crawling under a baler getting a shirt-full of barley awns, so we definitely prefer longer spools. They cut downtime.”

Tama Assist

Understanding the best twines to use in different situations made a big difference. Tama’s Warren Tatton helped a lot, drawing on Tama Assist’s knowledge base, which includes a twine selection tool, an on-line guide to pre-season baler set-up and baler-specific trouble-shooting tips, backed by a team of in-field experts. “It gives me real confidence that they are always there should I ever have a problem.”

For hay, Brian uses LSB Long, a twine that goes a long way in lower density forage baling, with 3 000 m in a twin-pack. For most other baling, he uses LSB Power twine, ideally suited to high-density baling of all crops and balers. It comes in 2 800 m twin-spool packs, or larger XL spools holding 1650 m each.

For tougher conditions, he uses HD Extra twine, designed for more demanding situations, including difficult crops. In barley straw, especially in harsh conditions, it goes on the outside knotters. It comes in 2 600 m twin-spool packs or larger XL spools holding 1 450 m each. “It means we can produce straw bales weighing 450 to 500 kg.”

“I have also noticed how little set-up the balers need with Tama twine, they’re just ready from the start of the season.” That is not so surprising, given the company’s close co-operation with baler manufacturers throughout the development of new baling equipment.

Indeed, switching from twine to twine during the season has proven easy too, with no need to adjust baler settings or knotters. “It is important. It makes it easier for us to use the right twine for the job, which is good for customers.”

For more information on Tama twine products and how your twine choice can drive your business success, contact EF Thompson at 083-286-4147 or ernest@eft.za.net. Visit their website at http://www.eftproducts.co.za/ for more.

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