Many farmers throughout Australia farm their livestock for various commercial purposes. As such, they are aware that they need to keep their cattle strong and healthy. Weak and unhealthy animals will hardly fetch a good price in the market. In addition, they will hardly be able to yield anything of value either. This is why farmers keep their livestock healthy by providing them with adequate food, water and space.
When the weather becomes harsh and unrelenting, only the bravest of individuals will consider venturing outdoors. This is true for livestock for as well. In cold and wet weather conditions, you will need to provide them with shelter covers. These covers will help the cattle remain warm, dry and comfortable. Similarly, when the temperature rises, you will need to keep your animals cool. Farmers know that regulating the temperature within their cattle shade structures is essential for stronger and healthier animals. This is why they often purchase high-quality tarps instead of building permanent structures.
When it comes to supplying high-quality tarpaulins, Polytex Tarpaulins is second to none. We’re one of the top suppliers of big tarpaulins in Australia. The tarps we supply come into widespread use in the agricultural, industrial and mining sectors. Our tarps are not only durable and cost effective. In many cases, the innovations we use for manufacturing tarps makes them ideally suited for a diverse range of applications. For instance, the Polytex Ratch-e-tarp has become one of the most popular hay tarps in the country. Ideal for protecting the hay from the elements, this tarp has become popular in the cotton industry as well.
After listening to cotton growers & cotton gin managers, Polytex has come up with another innovation that is needed by all cotton growers and cotton ginning companies who are producing and processing round bales.
Many will have experienced the problems of handling a round bale when the initial film cover starts giving way, this may happen in the handling either in the field or at the gin.
For the grower in the field once the cover gives way completely it is an arduous process to hand feed the loose cotton back through the picker – the Polytex emergency Ratch-e-tarp for round bales is used by the grower only when there is a problem with the initial film cover. The round bale Ratch-e-tarp is placed over the bale before the split or damaged film can let go and is ratcheted up tight holding the cotton in place so the bale can be transported to the gin without further problem. It is advisable for farms using round bales to have 6 to 10 covers or hand for emergency’s.
For the gin manager the same applies. Damage can happen to the round bale film at the gin site again creating a major problem of handling the bales. For the gin site, covers are available to suit single bales or four in a row which is needed when there is splits in a bale within a row.
The emergency cover not only retains the shape of a split cover but also protects the cotton in the event of rain.
For ginning sites to have 6 to 10 covers of both sizes is advisable.
As with the original Ratch-e-tarp the round bale Ratch-e-tarp utilises webbing and ratchets to tightly tension the cover in place. Ratch-e-tarps are available from the manufacturer Polytex.
The well know Ratch-e-tarp has proved to be a hay tarp winner within the hay industry. Many hay producers are using the Polytex Ratch-e-tarp to cover their hay stacks. 1 bale wide (2.4m) by 10 bales long (12m). When stacks are constructed 4 to 5 bales high it makes it an ideal ‘truck load stack’
As a hay tarp the Polytex Ratch-e-tarp is a time saving innovation becase it utilises webbing and ratchets to secure the tarpaulin very quickly & securely using a minimum amount of tie downs to fasten the hay tarp against wind. It is well known that eyelet tie downs are not successful or sufficient to secure hay tarps against wind damage. The most important feature of a hay tarpaulin is to keep it tight therefore protecting the hay cover as well as the product being covered.
The ratchet tarp is also used in the cotton industry for the covering of square modules (8’ x 40’) Also another innovation of Polytex is the Emergency Round Bale Ratch-e-tarp for the cover of Cotton Round Bales when they are damaged.
The Polytex Ratch-e-tarp is protected by IP Australia registrations.