«Previous    Next»
Covered Round Bale Feeder
I built this covered bale feeder to feed six 5 by 6-ft. round bales at a time along with grain. It's 6 1/2 ft. wide by 30 ft. long and has a metal roof to protect bales from the elements. The steel frame is constructed of 1 in. sq. tubing while a wooden floor is built of treated 2 by 6's or 2 by 10's. You can easily move it to new locations around the farm with bottom runners, which are constructed of 4-in. dia. pipe turned up on each end so you can pull or push the feeder with a 4-WD pickup.
Both ends of the feeder open so you can push new bales in and bad hay out with a front end loader.
To feed grain, I turn a 2 by 6 or 2 by 10 up on its side about 18 in. in from each side so cattle can't push grain toward the middle. The turned up lumber also makes good runners to guide bales into place as you push them in.
I've built three of these feeders in the last four years and they work great. Cost to build one is about $2,500. (Leonard Weidinger, Running W Ranch, Highway 63 South, P.O. Box 129, Vienna, Mo. 65582; ph 573 422-3691 or 3689)

  Click here to download page story appeared in.

  Click here to read entire issue

To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5