Self feeding chopped hay

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Self feeding chopped hay

Oct 4, 2017 | 08:06 1 Been thinking about building some large feed panels the cows could push in to a feed pile as they eat. Want a system where I can chop some straw in with some hay but not have to start the tractor everyday to feed. Mostly feed with a truck and bale handler but need to stretch feed a bit this year.

Was thinking about 2 side freestanding panels and have 2 end feeder panels that hang and slide in as the feed is used up.

Anyone ever build anything like that? Reply With Quote
Oct 4, 2017 | 09:24 2 No, but I've seen various reports of people doing the same thing. Should be able to search up articles on the internet showing the system and designs. I think prairie farm report covered it too? Reply With Quote
Oct 4, 2017 | 10:42 3 We had a neighbour that built something similar. They had a fenced yard and a panel on wheels that moved in. They sold it at his estate sale a few years ago and I don't have pics. I think it worked pretty well. Reply With Quote
Oct 4, 2017 | 12:21 4 Had purchased some feed thru panels that came off of a similar system. Believe the two sides were stationary, made out of drill pipe..and they two movable panels kind of hung on the stationary sides...would roll in as used....believed they used a chain to make sure it couldn't roll to the outward side or to keep bottom of movable panel from flipping up.

Remember my grandfather using a hammer mill and fed hay and straw bales (square) along with barley or oats....into an old granary with a few boards taken out along bottom for a self feeder....must have worked..... Reply With Quote
Oct 7, 2017 | 16:36 5 Seen something on Kijiji which held 8 big rounds or equivalent volume of tubground material. Claimed 60+ head could feed off it for however many days with little waste. Think it was called a swing feeder. Reply With Quote
Oct 7, 2017 | 20:51 6 If the same thing, they would push in from the bottom on a hinge on top.....let animals get closer to the bale.....many bale feeders are a real problem for calves unable to reach the bale. Reply With Quote