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  • New round bale feeder lying in wait...

    for the next bale to go out.

    Luckily, I got my decrepit old truck started yesterday and got it. So now, no more cattle hay feeder and hopefully, no more mare with her mane rubbed off.

    "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

  • #2
    Do you find that it saves hay? I haven't been using anything; just drop and unwrap them.


    • Original Poster

      Well, the cattle ring didn't save anything. Don't know about this one, yet. I'll probably put out this one and a new bale tomorrow. My old ring is probably 15 years old and about to fall apart.
      "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com


      • #4
        The ring saves a little, the biggest savings I've found has been with the Cinch Chix round bale hay net. It adds 3-4 days to the life of a round bale b/c they can't root into it and fling it.


        • #5
          Originally posted by rtph View Post
          Do you find that it saves hay? I haven't been using anything; just drop and unwrap them.
          I have a very similar one and love it. Even my mini can get hay from it and there is very, very little waste.
          "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" - Winston Churchill

          Check out Central Virginia Horse Rescue


          • #6
            I bought the same feeder this year. The hay roll lasts about 50% longer, and doesn't get "abused" like it did before with no enclosure. (My horses scratching their chests on it, lying down in it, using it as a bathroom, etc.). It will almost pay for itself in one season, and also is much less work.


            • #7
              Thanks Anon. I'm getting one then.


              • #8
                Originally posted by katarine View Post
                The ring saves a little, the biggest savings I've found has been with the Cinch Chix round bale hay net. It adds 3-4 days to the life of a round bale b/c they can't root into it and fling it.
                Thanks katarine; I'm googling it now


                • #9
                  Originally posted by rtph View Post
                  Thanks Anon. I'm getting one then.
                  The barn where I board has one in every field (the reason I bought mine) and they do a fantastic job of making the hay last and not allowing for much waste. I really like them.
                  "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" - Winston Churchill

                  Check out Central Virginia Horse Rescue


                  • #10
                    I have a very similar 'tombstone' style feeder, but the lower part is round pipe (set too close together for a foot to get through) instead of sheet metal. I'm hoping it'll be more durable and safer in the long run, likely since they're showing no signs of wear in their second year of horses and cows. I got them from Cashmans (http://www.cashmans.com/Cashman/CA_W...2574D70048A731 ) during their QH Congress sale.


                    • #11
                      I have a tubular one like Wildblue's, but it's "economy", ie only the top and bottom pipes around the base. I fastened plastic vinyl lattice (like the wood lattice) to the inside and it works very well to contain the loose hay.