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Cradle type round bale feeder

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The legs need to be taller for cattle. That is made for goats and sheep. Unless the pic is deceiving.
You can also ad to the top or they will pull it down and waste it anyway.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:30 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'll have to take a picture. We sorted 10 smaller feeders out of 70 the other day and put them in with it. They'll weigh 800 pounds probably. So far, very little waste. I put a bale of third cutting in it and what's falling through, they're eating off the ground before it gets walked on. There's some on the ground inside the legs that they haven't reached for yet. If it goes like this when I get the weaned calves in there too, I think it'll be a success.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here's a picture of it with those cattle around it. If they get big enough that they can get in it, they need to be moved in to the finishing pen anyway.




 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've gotta tell you, I'm liking this thing. There's 40 of them in that pen now. When the wife and I went and bedded them yesterday afternoon and they had it emptied out, they had slid it on the skids and had cleaned up everything off the ground. For calves on concrete, I give it high marks. It sure beats the tar out of having a round feeder full of manure from them climbing in to it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:34 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Won't go into the why's but I modified a standard hoop (round) bale ring once and found out why they make them round.....not because the bale is round necessarily as I fed my bales lying on their side, just like the tractor dropped them on the ground. It's because when the cows make a sloppy, muddy, quagmire around the bale they just finished off, you can flip it up on it's side and ROLL it over to a new location. With that said, what you are talking about is of no value to me. I'd move on. Wink!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:16 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've got two feeders out in the field for the brood cows. I feed two bales a day. I use one feeder in the morning, the other in the afternoon. It gives the stragglers a chance to clean out the one feeder while the rest are crowded around the new bale. There's next to no waste that way and for some reason they don't seem to get frozen down. I'm thinking it's because there's no mat of hay there to keep them from sliding it by themselves.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Has anyone used a diller haysaver.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:03 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I Googled it. Pricey, but looks like it'd work OK as long as it's not built out of cheap junk.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:16 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I totally agree...the mat is your enemy. Best to avoid it by doing what we are talking about. I too ran multiple hoops for the same reason. You always have your lead (bully cows and for sure the bull earns his name) that run to the bale as soon as it's dumped but having two, it gives the little, timid ones, a chance to grab a bite and while chewing on that, being run off, it's ready to grab a bite out of the other one before being run off from that one.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: Cradle type round bale feeder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One thing I've noticed is that the area of the field where I used to feed has had some bodacious growth over the years from the feeding remnant influence. Other thing, on leased land, when I ran rolls of Coastal Bermuda, normally you have to sprig it to get a stand, but everywhere I fed a roll, poor , neglected soil no less, I had a patch of it occur as a result.
 
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