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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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VIDEO: New machine can reprocess a bale into 12 small ones within 1 minute

Spread-a-Bale has launched Re-Bale, a new novel re-baling facility, to the market.

The company unveiled the innovative product, which can turn large bales into small ones, at an event earlier this summer.

The facility enables farmers and contractors to reprocess conventional rectangular and round bales into 20kg to meet specialist market demands.


It has designed the machine to operate in conjunction with a tractor and pick-up baler.

“One bale can be de-baled and reprocessed into 12 small bales within one minute,” the company claims.

The machine features the base unit with a regulated bidirectional conveyor, powered from a tractor unit alongside the baler using a hydraulic spool valve.

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Furthermore, the bidirectional valve controls the conveyor’s direction and speed.

The company said the base unit is “ideal” for use in conjunction with its M range machines fitted with the Feed-a-Bale deflector.

The firm claims this combination can process a large rectangular bale “within one minute”.

Also, Re-Bale is available in a modular form providing the opportunity to grow the facility into a static plant capable of reprocessing up to 100t of straw or hay per day.

Some optional extras include feed-a-bale, HD motors to handle all high density and compact bales and a side frame for side mounting, loading and discharge.

Spread-a-Bale is the brainchild of a former dairy farmer, Michael Hughes, who established the company two decades ago.

He aims to provide “world-class” square and round bale spreading solutions to:

  • Save time, labour and straw;
  • Very low maintenance and high reliability;
  • Reduce dust and health risks;
  • Require one loader.

Spread-a-Bale machines operate on various dairy, beef, sheep, equine, pig, and poultry units in 25 countries across five continents.

He claims that customers have commonly reported up to 50% straw saving over manual spreading with square bales and up to 25% for round bales.

Besides, he added that customers also have reported improved welfare, environments, and business efficiency.

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