Inventor of the HAY CAPTM brand covers Phil Snowden & wife Lynda have been farming in the Riverina, Australia since 1990. They operate a mixed irrigated & dryland farming business specialising in irrigated lucerne & cereal hay production.
Phil is an honest, hardworking, innovative farmer who thinks outside the square. He is not afraid to question “traditional” farming methods, and experiment with new ideas.
Phil & Lynda are in farming for the long haul and their commitment is evident being foundation members of both the Fullers Road Landcare Group & the Australian Fodder Industry Association. Phil is a big advocate for the irrigation industry and long term productivity of the Riverina.
HAY CAPTM brand covers are “something we wished we had thought of 10 or 15 years ago” says Phil. “We would have saved ourselves a lot of hassle with tarping our extra hay in good seasons we haven’t got the shed space for. You need very calm weather to put a tarpaulin over a stack, and there are real safety issues, but the Hay Cap overcomes all those issues because it can be placed on the bale at ground level and the bale can be placed on top of the stack”.
“In 2012 on our farm we sold the 4000 bales of oaten hay from 2010 season with minimal losses. All this hay was covered with Hay Caps. Not only did we have 910mm of rain over the 15 months but also a mouse plague. Apart from one stack of hay that floodwaters went through we have sold every one of those bales.”
The HAY CAPTM brand covers are manufactured on our farm with extensive storage facilities ready for distribution directly to the customer.