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Fuel Tank Round Bale Feeder
Covering round bale feeders can save a lot of hay but you could end up with a bulky feeder that's hard to load with bales. Greencastle, Penn., farmer John New-comer came up with a slick method that he says works great.
"I used an 8-ft. wide section of an old 8-ft. dia. fuel tank from a service station. A local welding shop was cutting them up for scrap. I installed three headlocks inside one end and welded runners under it so we can pull it around with a tractor. I use the headlocks to catch cattle for dehorning, AI work, etc. The feeder can be placed along any fence row. You could put a whole row of them side by side. I use it together with a `super hutch' for calves.
"You just place the bale in it and shove it forward with a loader as they eat it up. When the bale is about used up, just add another one from behind. Almost no hay is wasted.
"Cost about $200 to build, including labor."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Newcomer, 6392 Guitner Rd., Greencastle, Penn. 17225 (ph 717 597-8041).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4