A new pest-repellent bale wrap will be available in Ireland for this year’s silage.
Made by the Rani Plast plastic film specialist, RaniRepel contains a non-toxic, natural active ingredient which, through odour and taste, is repulsive to crows, ravens, rats and mice, but cannot transfer to the baled crop or to the soil.
RaniRepel is designed to reduce risks of bale damage by rodents and birds.
Damaged bales have mould, crop contamination, and bacterial toxicity, which can impact cattle health and milk production.
Extensive trials have shown that RaniRepel almost completely eliminates bird and rodent attacks, so the wrapping remains intact.
RaniRepel has the added benefit of clearing areas of pests, because rodents and birds learn to avoid it.
The product will be imported by Tama UAT into Ireland.
Rani Plast sales manager Christer Vidjeskog said:
He said the non-toxic repellent additive (which includes essential oils) is extruded into the bale wrap at the manufacturing stage.
It cannot be washed off by rain, it is resistant to high temperature variations, and remains fully active for two years from the production date.
The repellent has won awards including the Trophee d’Or of Innovation at the leading French agricultural fair, Sommets D’Or.
Rani Plast of Finland is one of the world’s largest producers of agricultural film (www.raniplast.com).