Looks like it would do a good job of keeping cows from standing and lying on the hay, but a calf could hope right in because there's no top bars. Top bars, in theory, also are supposed to keep the cows head in while eating. In reality, they still pull out big bites and dribble hay with a top bar.
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Wyomama! Now that is a cool hay ring! I just had no idea they made so much cool stuff.....and with that price I wont be bying one soon either! That is definitely a worthwhile investment...it saves so much waste. It is going on my 'wish list'! Dana
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Post by freedomorganix on Jul 30, 2012 16:16:21 GMT -5
Wyomama ---because that feeder flexes, can you use it to feed both round or larger squares?
Also, having limited tractor skills, I usually drop my bale on the ground, cut the net or strings, and then pick up the feeder with the forks and set it over the top. Will that work with this feeder, or will it 'flex' if I'm picking it up with my loader?
Yes, it works for rounds or big squares, or even a bunch of small squares. We drag the bale where we want it, pull the pins in one joint of the feeder, pull it around the bale and then pin it back together and then cut the strings. One person can do it pretty easily. I guess you could use the forks to drag it around the bale. It will be flexed already when you go to pick it up from where the last bale was - you might be able to lift it, drop one side, and then pull the other side over the bale... I don't have a loader, so I'm not much help with that.
As they eat the bale, it pushes together - you don't end up leaving the middle of a big round bale because it's too far in for them to reach it.
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Post by frenchcreme on Jul 31, 2012 14:36:36 GMT -5
Wow my dh is really a great builder, we have 2 jersey girls, have had our feeder for almost three years, when it gets really mucky around it , my kids roll it a few times to cleaner area, we love recycling things to a new purpose & actually works for us
Post by ladyliberty on Aug 31, 2012 21:49:20 GMT -5
An update on our "new" hay ring. We refused to pay such high prices for a hay ring, so we made one out of one 16' cattle panel and a small, 3' section of another.
First we attached the 3 foot section to an end of the 16 foot section with heavy duty wire. Then we wrapped the other end of the 16 footer to the other end of the 3 footer, basically making a ring, and attached it with small D rings (Ithink that's what they're called). We could have just attached it with more wire, but we weren't sure if it was going to fit. And this way, if we get bigger bales in the future, they'll fit those too.
We set the bale on it's flat side, and pick up the ring and place it over the bale.
The only "issue" we have with it is that our steer decides to flip it when there's very little or no hay left inside it. No biggie though.
Carol, that sounds like a great way to make one, we may have to borrow your idea. Do you think that making a hook shape out of a couple pieces of rebar, looping the hook end over the bottom wire of the panels sand pounding it down flush into the ground would keep it from being tossed around?
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