Polytex

Hay Tarps and Hay Stack Covers

Providing innovative tarping and cover solution for the hay industry.

Polytex Hay Protection

Polytex has developed tarping systems for protecting small stacks right up to stacks of 1000’s of bales. Through years of experience and innovation Polytex’s hay cover systems have proven successful and easy to use.

Polytex hay tarp systems include:

  • Ratch-e-tarp: Designed as a cap cover for a stack of 10 large bales long.
  • Sleeved Hay tarp: Ideal for all sizes of hay stacks and both square and round bales. Custom made to suit your specific requirements.
  • Full cover hay stack: Cover your entire hay stack including a ground sheet. Ideal for export quality hay to ensure your hay quality remains at its peak. 

Benefits of Protecting Your Hay

Covering your hay is crucial to maintaining its quality, value and nutritious resource for your livestock or for selling to the market.

Hay is highly susceptible to damage from weather elements such as rain and sunlight. When exposed to moisture, hay can develop mold and mildew, making it unsafe for animals to consume. UV rays from sunlight can also reduce hay quality over time. Covering your hay with tarps protects it from these elements, preserving its nutritional value.

Hay Cover Systems

Ratch-e-tarp

The Polytex Hay Ratch e-Tarp is designed for quick and easy cap protection of your hay. The simple yet effective design utilises webbing and ratchets for fast installation and easy access while providing a secure and tidy fit for short or long-term protection. This time-saving innovation can be installed in minutes.

A centre tie-down may be required depending on the situation of the hay in regard to prevailing winds. This can easily be done by tying down the webbing through a central cut-out to a nearby bale tie.

For more information and to purchase, view the ratch-e-tarp page.

Sleeved Hay Tarp

The sleeved hay tarp utilizes a welded sleeve edge into which a 1” metal pipe is inserted. This gives a rigid edge on the hay tarp which protects the tarp against wind flap. Because the sleeved hay tarp has an inserted pipe edge the installer can tie off at any point (recommended approx 2m intervals) and does not have to rely on multiple eyelets at 1m intervals.

Polytex specifies using a welded sleeve for pipe insert for ultimate strength because the alternative eyelet tie downs still leaves the space between eyelets that the wind can attack.

The Polytex Sleeved Hay Tarp can be custom made to suit any size hay stack. Choose from our standard sizes or call us for a custom size.

Full Cover Hay Stack

When your hay needs to be kept at peak quality a full cover will be required. This system includes a ground sheets, walls and top cover. Call us to discuss your requirements, full cover systems are custom made for each project to ensure best results.

Fabric Options for Hay Tarps

610gsm PVC Fabric

A heavier fabric than other options available means it is less susceptible to wind flap and is more durable. We recommend this fabric for larger stacks and is a wise option if you are planning to store your hay for medium to long periods or expect to use it multiple times.

610gsm PVC is waterproof, UV stabilized and crack resistance making it naturally a good fabric for hay tarps.

250gsm Polyethylene (PE) Fabric

Polytex’s 250gsm PE fabric is a cost-effective option and easy to handle. Tarp longevity mostly comes down to how it is installed. Wind flap is the biggest threat to your tarp so ensure it is secured down tightly and your tarp will plenty of use out of your tarp.

250gsm PE fabric is also waterproof, UV stabilized and crack resistance making it naturally a good fabric for hay tarps.

Tie Down Methods for Hay Tarps

Securing hay tarps properly is essential to protect your hay and ensure the tarp stay in place during strong winds or adverse weather conditions. Wind flap is the biggest threat to your tarp so ensure it is secured down tightly to get maximum life.

Eyelets, also known as grommets, are small metal rings inserted into the edges of tarps to reinforce the holes and provide attachment points for tie-downs. While eyelets are commonly used in tarps for various purposes, they are not a good choice for securing hay tarps as wind can access between the eyelet points, creating movement and flapping of the tarp, often eventually pulling the eyelets out.

Securing hay tarps with sleeved edges is the most secure and safe method. You can either use ratchets and webbing through the sleeve for smaller covers, or metal pipe for larger covers. This gives a rigid edge on the hay tarp which protects the tarp against wind flap. Because the sleeved hay tarp has an inserted pipe or webbing edge the installer can tie off at cutout points (usually at 2m intervals) and does not have to rely on multiple eyelets.

Buy Hay Tarps Online

Needing hay tarps quickly? Buy hay tarps online with fast shipping. Visit the hay tarp pages below to order the right tarp for your requirements. Hay covers for common stack sizes are available to be purchased with the Sleeved Hay Tarp.

Hay Ratch-e-tarp

Sleeved Hay Tarp