Cattle Yards - Cradle Hay Feeders
Feature: Waste Saving
Benefit: This prevents the feed from being wasted by trampling, soiling and urine. A study by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Sheep CRC found that, when feeding lambs, similar feeders that contain hay and silage in this way saved 38% of the bale compared to feeding the bale on the ground (read the article). These savings aresimilar for goats, calves, mature sheep and other livestock. Significant savings can also be made for cattle even though they tend to waste less. The amount saved can vary through out the season depending on the condition of the soil (whether damp or not), the weather (how often the feed is rained upon) and the availability of feed in the paddocks (as feed may need to be contained for long periods when the season is starting).
Cradle Hay Feeders
- Large savings in waste (often up to 38%, see below)
- Large labour saving (explained below)
- Suits round and square bales
- Roll loading system (no FEL required)
- Sheet floor catches spilt grain and leaf matter
- Feeder keeps the hay and silage off the ground and out of the moisture
- Great access for feeding sheep, lambs, calves and goats, etc.
- Positions the bales in natural rain draining position
- Simple assembly
- Fully galvanized, quality components