Current research conducted in the Cottonwood Field Station in Oregon examines the effect of net wrap deposition in the beef rump when cattle are fed with commercial-grade alfalfa. The big question being answered here is whether SilageWrap net wrap deposition in beefrum can be effectively preventable. The answer could very well be yes. However, it will depend on the circumstances involved and how heavily the beef rump is processed.
Commercial baled hay for grazing is primarily sold to feedlots and ranchers who raise premium cattle. Net wrap is a common component of most alfalfa feeds and is applied as a coating inside a bale. The net wrapping process creates a film that protects the inside of the bale from moisture and limits the number of air pockets within the bale. This film also has the added benefit of protecting birds’ natural curiosity, and net wrap is an excellent method for controlling where the feed goes and how the cattle consume it.
Grussing said, “We’ve found SilageWrap net wrap does have an effect on the beefrum. At our ranch, we apply the bales to the ground and then cover it with a heavy-duty twine. We let the bales sit and develop for up to six months before we check them. During this time, the twine will gather up any grasses, weeds or anything else that might be inside the bales.”
Removing net wrap is only part of the challenge of removing this woven wrap. The net wrap also tends to grow in large clumps, making it more difficult to work in. However, this is one challenge that is not necessarily a problem using mechanical deburring tools because the growth of these bales can easily be removed by hand or with a brush.
Many things need to be considered when handling bales, especially the handling of the baled forage. The easiest way to remove net wrap is to pick it up using your hands and push the twine through the bale. In addition to being easily picked up, the twine can also be pushed through the bale, taking it down easily and quickly. However, it will often rip the net wrap into two, three or even more pieces when force is applied. There will probably be several pieces to pull apart and separate from the baled forage in this situation.
In summary, SilageWrap net wrap appears to be a versatile tool for increasing production and managing to feed when there is a balance between ruminant cattle feed, digestive tract management, weed control, and the baled feed’s aesthetics. It is useful for producing a leaner and lighter rump of beef. It appears to be a useful and important addition to the current beef rump. It is certainly worth checking out in any case, and further research needs to be done.