As straw prices look set to increase this winter after only half as much has been baled due to the weather, product manager for CHK PLC, Peter Mason said the Spread-a-Bale could help cut the amount of straw needed to bed down livestock.

Speaking at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, Mr mason said “One purchaser using 16 tonnes of straw/week reported a 30% reduction due to more even spreading and using a ‘little and often’ spreading approach, while other reckons to be reducing straw usage by half.”

The Spread-A-Bale teases straw out of bales without chopping it, with full-length straw lasting much longer in the bed than chopped.

Using this method could be a significant cost benefit this winter suggests Mr Mason. “Many users say the reduction in straw usage is the machines most valuable asset.”