New bale wrap protects against bird and rodent attack

A new pest-repellent bale wrap, designed to protect against bird and rodent attack and reduce financial losses for farmers, will be launched by Rani Plast in the spring.

RaniRepel contains a non-toxic, natural active ingredient which, through odour and taste, is repulsive to crows, ravens, rats and mice, but cannot transfer to the baled crop or to the soil. RaniRepel is an excellent repellent and it does not harm animals, nor does it affect the role they play in biodiversity.

Reducing the risk of damage

Bale degradation by rodent and bird attack can ruin silage and fodder and be costly for farmers in terms of lost crops and time required for repairs. Damaged bales lead to mould, crop contamination and bacterial toxicity, which in turn can impact cattle health and milk production. RaniRepel is designed to dramatically reduce these risks.

Extensive trials have shown that RaniRepel almost completely eliminates bird and rodent attack so that the wrapping remains intact. They have also shown that RaniRepel has the added benefit of clearing areas of pests as rodents and birds learn to avoid it and pass on this warning to their group and descendants.

Rani Plast sales manager, Christer Vidjeskog, said: “RaniRepel offers a great combination – it not only protects bales effectively, but it doesn’t harm animals or the environment “.

Non-toxic repellent active for two years

The repellent additive is made up of natural elements including essential oils and is extruded into the bale wrap at the manufacturing stage. The repellent exudes an odour which is repulsive to pests and has a bitter taste which irritates the mucous in animals.

Because the repellent is integrated to the outer layer of the film it cannot affect the wrapped crop. It cannot be washed off by rain, it is resistant to high temperature variations and remains fully active for two years from the production date.

RaniRepel should be handled and stored like any other Rani Plast bale wrap.

Fully approved award winner

The additive used in RaniRepel is approved by EU regulatory bodies, meets biocidal regulations and can be recycled. The repellent has already won awards in a number of countries including the Trophee d’Or of Innovation at the leading French Agricultural Fair, Sommets D’Or.

Testimonials from farmers in the USA, who have been trialling RaniRepel, have reported dramatic improvements in crop protection. Similar reports from farmers trialling the repellent in France, Belgium and Switzerland reveal the excellent performance of RaniRepel.