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X-Box Feeder Slashes Hay Loss
Steve Greenslade says his X-Box hay rack cut his hay feeding costs in half. Greenslade and his father brainstormed the two-bale feeder during a year of high hay prices. However, he says the X-Box pays for itself even when prices are normal.

"My dad and I were trying to find a way to lower our feeding costs when we came up with the X-Box design," recalls Greenslade. "It works so well that the only thing I use my bale processor for any more is bedding and all I need a tractor for is to load the bales in place."

To sell the feeder through their company, Greenslades Northern Welding, they had to get permission from the computer game company of the same name.

The heavy-duty hay feeders are fabricated from 3/8-in. wall, 4-in. dia. recycled oil field tubing. They are 12 1/2 ft. long, 7 1/2 ft. wide and 7 ft. high. A cow/calf model is available with 10-in. bar spacing and a bull model with 12-in. bar spacing. They weigh 2,300 lbs. and are mounted on skids.

"You can pick them up with a hydraulic bale mover like a big bale or just skid them with a tractor," says Greenslade.

The upper half of the feeder holds the bales up and off the ground. Solid panels on the lower sides protect dropped hay from getting soiled.

"It even works well with freshly weaned calves," says Greenslade. "They have no problem learning to reach up to the hay."

Greenslade says customers have told him their X-Box feeder paid for itself in only a month with feed savings alone. They are built so heavy they're almost impossible to break, he adds.

The hay feeders are priced at $2,795 (Canadian). Greenslade offers 15 percent discounts on additional units ordered.

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Greenslades Northern Welding, Box 640, 405 3rd Ave. Easy, Hanna, Alta. T0J1P0 Canada (ph 403 854-4488; toll free 800 298-5548; gnw1@telus.net; www.greensladesnorthernwelding.ca).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2