A new forage preservative that can preserve the quality of hay at up to 25% moisture has been launched onto the UK market by Somerset-based feed and forage preservation specialist Kelvin Cave.

BaleSafe has been designed to improve forage quality in any conditions, and is especially useful in a catchy weather season. It can also preserve wrapped haylage at 50 to 75% dry matter.   

BaleSafe has a unique blend of non-corrosive ingredients including propionic and benzoic acids, along with human food-grade preservatives that can stop yeasts and moulds developing. Michael Carpenter, northern sales manager for Kelvin Cave, comments: “No one likes to open mouldy bales and this product will ensure the waste associated with moulds and yeasts becomes a thing of the past.

“BaleSafe also has a role as a management tool as it may be more cost-effective to bale at a higher moisture than to incur leaf shatter and costs for extra turning,” he says. “This also has the bonus of dramatically reducing dust, which is a bugbear for many workers who handle traditional hay bales.”

BaleSafe is available through Kelvin Cave. It is supplied in 200-litre barrels or 1,000-litre IBCs. The product is applied through a special applicator on the baler at the rate of 2 to 4 litres per tonne, depending on dry matter of the forage.

More information from Kelvin Cave on 01458 252281.