2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Belted" Hay Feeder Reduces Waste
“It’s based on the idea that cattle can put their heads through smaller openings than they can back out of. The animal can’t reach down and bury its head in the hay, then pull out large amounts,” says Kurtz, who a few years ago came up with another unique “waste less” horse feeder that was featured in FARM SHOW (Vol. 31, No. 4). The new patent pending feeder tapers in toward the top and has a 2-ft. high metal skirt at the bottom. Above the skirt are a series of 12-in. wide rubber belts, each attached to a 1 1/2-in. wide steel upright. There’s about 8 in. of space between the belts.
“The belting design allows the use of a narrow opening that helps contain the hay,” says Kurtz. “As the animals put their heads in the feeder, the belts bend in alongside their necks. As they back out, the belts flip inward keeping excess hay in the feeder.”
He says the feeder is built tough to last, with 11-ga. tubing used for the frame and 14-ga. metal for the skirting. It comes unpainted but can be painted on request. Replacement belts are available, as well as an optional carrying bar. “The feeder is built so heavy that one person can’t pick it up by hand,” says Kurtz.
The feeder is available in 7 and 8-ft. bottom dia. sizes. The 7-ft. model sells for $795 plus S&H and the 8-ft. for $895 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Kurtz, 2187 State Rd. 87, St. Croix Falls, Wis. 54024 (ph 715 483-3866; firstname.lastname@example.org;
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