Hay Caps celebrates milestone

September 22, 2017

The Hay Caps team. Front from left: Lynda and Phil Snowden with their dog Jack, Kimberley Shumack and Tim Snowden. Back from left: Mark Pettit, Ben Moylan, Malcolm Randall and Grahame Shumack.

Hay Caps at work.

The invention is designed to create a roof over stacked hay bales to provide protection from the rain.

Hay Caps is celebrating a birthday, with the business having manufactured the local invention on a southern Riverina family’s farm for a decade.

Invented back in 2006 by Tocumwal hay producers Phil and Lynda Snowden, the product has been locally made and distributed to customers all over the country and overseas.

Mr Snowden said the bumper 2016 hay season was exactly the reason he invented the hay caps many years ago, with producers often finding it hard to shift such volumes of hay.

‘‘So much hay was wasted in years like this when it was baled and stacked but left uncovered. For every 75mm of rain that falls on a (2.4m x 1.2m x 0.9m) bale of hay, over 200litres goes into the top bale,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s a 44-gallon drum of water, and it ruins the hay. Big square bales of hay need to be protected. We are very proud that our Hay Cap system has protected over a million bales of hay to date.’’

The Hay Caps are applied at ground level to the bale and then the covered bale is place on top as the stack is built. Ultimately the folds butt together, creating a roof over the hay.

For more information, visit: or phone Hay Caps on 1800 429 227.

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