Forage

Schwitzer Contracting specialises in producing high quality bales of wrapped silage, haylage or hay so that Waikato small-holders can convert surplus grass into high-quality forage, stored for when its needed or sold to generate income.
Unfortunately we can't control the weather, but we'll do our best to ensure that your grass is baled at the optimum time for producing a first class animal feed.

We not only make haylage, but also have a good supply of quality haylage in our stores for sale. These are conventional sized haylage bales, which means you can buy and use just what you need, when you need it.

And when it comes time to harvest your grass crop, talk to us if you have more bales than you need for your own use. We are in touch with many small holders in the Waikato area, and can either help you find a buyer for your grass crop or we'll buy it ourselves for our own stock.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our guarantee is simple: if you buy haylage from us that we've made, and you're not 100% satisfied with it, we'll replace it free of charge.

Schwitzer Contracting specialises in producing high quality mini bales of wrapped silage, haylage or hay so that Waikato small-holders can convert surplus grass into high-quality forage, stored for when its needed or sold to generate income. 

Wrapped mini bales are ideal for life-style blocks because they -

  • preserve nutrients
  • are easier to handle
  • can be stored outside, and
  • give you the flexibility to sell all, or just a portion, of your crop.

We strive to produce the highest quality forage from your crop of grass, taking care to bale it in the best possible condition. For example, we add a special innoculant to help with the fermentation process. Unfortunately we can't control the weather, but we'll do our best to ensure that your grass is baled at the optimum time for producing a first class animal feed.

We encourage our customers to contact us early in the season (September or October) so that we can book your crop into our haymaking schedule.

Haymaking with the latest equipment is a far cry from the techniques used by Karl Schwitzer's forebears, back in Switzerland. No nice flat paddocks there - but plenty of good aerobic exercise!

The production of silage and haylage in small conventional bales is no longer regarded as just a seasonal activity, but is a very important and well developed science. It requires careful management, attention to detail, and the correct equipment and methods.

 

Silage and haylage making is a fermentation process that starts as soon as the hay is baled. Within 15 minutes, its possible to detect heat from bales of silage and haylage, as natural yeasts and bacteria start converting the water-soluble carbohydrates in the moist grass into a range of volatile fatty acids and a (small) amount of ethanol.