Author: Elizabeth Horsfall

Grain Bunker Tarps – The Right Choice for Storing Your Agricultural Produce

Polytex Tarpaulins has been at the forefront of providing many businesses in the agricultural and industrial sectors with high quality, cost effective tarps. From shelter covers for poultry to pig shelters, our solutions have ensured that businesses can keep their livestock and agricultural produce safe, regardless of the weather conditions.

For years, many people have used bunker tarps for protecting their grain from the insects. They have also relied on these tarps for providing protection from the elements. Exposure to the elements could often reduce the nutrient content of the grains. At the same time, farmers are well aware of the damage that rodents and insects can inflict on their agricultural produce.

Grain bunker tarps typically comprise polytarp. This is a low-cost, strong and waterproof material. Polytarp is easy to manufacture in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This makes it easy to produce weatherproof fabrics that are useful in agricultural applications of the largest scale.

Many farmers often consider constructing permanent storage facilities on their lands. This is particularly so at the end of the harvest season. This enables them to store their yield safely. However, constructing such facilities often has a huge cost implication. In addition, it requires various planning permissions too.

In contrast, purchasing bunker or hay tarps often involves just a fraction of the cost of constructing permanent storage facilities. Moreover, farmers don’t need to obtain any permissions from regulatory bodies either.

When needed, they can simply roll out the tarps in harvest season. Subsequently, they can store them away when not required. Another benefit of these tarps is that farmers can deploy them in different locations based on their requirements. Thus, for a one-time expense, these bunkers provide a host of benefits.

Polytex Tarps have immense experience in supplying eco shelters and livestock shade structures too. Many farmers use our products for eliminating unwanted airflows within production areas in the winter season. In addition, our cattle shade structures are ideal for minimising energy consumption, thereby enhancing the growth environment too.

Polytex Tarpaulins uses ‘state of the art’ manufacturing processes for producing tarps that suit the requirements of various industrial, agricultural, mining and commercial businesses. Our manufacturing facilities in the Riverina produce a variety of specialist products such as brooder curtains, factory dividers, air control curtains, door covers, poultry curtains and thermal & standard blinds. For more details, call us at 1300 059 003.

Polytex Tarpaulins are ready for 2015 Grain Harvest

Polytex Tarpaulins is based at the crossroads of major highways between Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide & is therefore ideally situated to service grain bunker storage needs Australia wide.

Polytex has been supplying tarpaulin products to the agricultural industries of Australia for many years and is well known by the grain handling industry to service tarp requirements with the right product at competitive prices and to respond quickly to tarpaulin needs.

Polytex specialises in the welding of poly and PVC fabrics used in the manufacture of Grain Storage Bunker Covers and can fabricate the larger tarps required when storing grain in bunkers.

The coming harvest is certain to test the storage capacities of the grain handling industry and grain bunker covers are an ideal way to extend the volume of grain storage either ‘on farm’ or within the grain storage industry.

You can contact Polytex Tarpaulins for a FREE Grain Bunker Cover Storage chart which gives the bunker cover size needed to cover particular amounts of grain.

The Polytex range of tarpaulin products includes grain storage bunker covers, dam liners, cotton covers, hay covers, trucking & machinery tarps, shelter covers & specialised tarpaulin products for both the piggery & poultry industries. Polytex also manufactures a range of acoustic noise control products for industry along with spill control bunding & rapid roll doors.

Whatever your tarp requirements in agricultural & industrial tarpaulins you can rely on Polytex for 100% satisfaction.


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Introducing the New Round Bale Cover from Polytex Emergency Covers for Round Bale Film Problems – On farm or Ginning Site

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.

Poultry / Piggery Industries – Reduce your energy consumption with Polytex Tarpaulins

Coming into the winter months both the poultry & pork industry benefits greatly from eliminating unwanted airflows within production areas minimising energy usage & enhancing the growth environment.

Polytex Tarpaulins manufactures many tarps, blinds, tarpaulin covers & liners specifically for the poultry & piggery industries.

These include for poultry – dividers, brooder curtains, thermal & standard side blinds, fan covers, door covers & cool cell covers and for piggeries – shelter covers, end & side blinds, thermal covers, liners & many other tarpaulin & tarp products for the enhancement of growing conditions.

Polytex Tarpaulins supplies the agricultural & industrial tarpaulin requirements of customers Australia wide using ‘state of the art’ manufacturing procedures in their purpose built factories based in the Riverina, the hub of Australia’s freight lines between Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne & Brisbane

Minimising Energy Use in the Poultry Industry with Polytex Fan Covers

It’s the time of year to be giving consideration to the coming colder months and the great benefits from eliminating & minimising unwanted cold airflows from within production areas, reducing energy usage and enhancing the environment for growth.

Polytex tarpaulins has developed a new style fan cover to stop the cold drafts that penetrate into growing areas through the fans.

The main feature of this new fan cover is it is a quick release cover that blows off the fan as soon as the fan starts up  it also has a retainer strap that keeps the cover from being misplaced.

These Polytex fan covers are now being widely used throughout the poultry industry and help efficiencies of product along with many other specialist products manufactured by Polytex including brooder curtains, air control curtains, thermal & standard blinds, door covers & cool cell covers just to name a few!

Polytex supplies the poultry industry Australia wide with fast delivery times due to ‘state of the art’ manufacturing equipment and the Polytex factories being ideally situated in the hub of freight lines from QLD to SA and everywhere in between

Polytex Ratch-e-tarp for the Hay Industry

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.