Anyone who has cattle, horses, sheep or any other medium to large sized livestock that is fed hay or silage or even any other kind of feed that they do not want the stock to tramp on, whether it is in the winter months or all through the year would probably benefit from the use of a round bale feeder.
Being formed in a complete circle this allows the livestock feeding from it access to all points, and to be able to spread out around the outside of the feeding system allowing all stock a chance to have a feed and move out easily when they are pushed by others in the group.
The feeder is around six feet or one and a half meters in diameter and has a piece of metal or flat tin which extends up the sides to about half a meter or approximately two feet and attaches to a second ring, this is probably lower if using for sheep etc.,
Vertical bars rise from this to about three feet or a meter and are attached to another ring at the top, being either straight or at an angle of around forty five degrees. Stock have easy access to the feed due to the reasonably wide spacings between these.
These are useful for hay or silage made in the round bale shape, but are also used for the small square bales and other types of feed. They can be easily loaded by a tractor with a silage or hay attachment on the front end loader. The stock although they can easily reach when feeding cannot waste the feed as they would if the bale where put into an open area.
The bars around the outside are set wide enough apart for stock to access the feed easily, but they are not able to get in where the feed actually is. They are also wide enough for any animal to back out quickly if a bully decides they want that particular spot. Being a reasonable weight they are able to be moved fairly easily to cleaner ground when the need arises.
They are made reasonable strong and can withstand a fair bit of pushing and shoving by stock and are useful for waste reduction. Those who are interested in checking this product out may like to visit their local agricultural machinery dealer, or a visit to the local produce merchant may be of help. Another area to check out is the websites on the internet.