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Small Square Bale Feeder Cuts Down On Waste
My grandchildren take care of bottle calves as 4-H projects and feed small square bales when the calves start eating hay and grain. When hay is fed to them on the ground or in a regular bunk, the calves wasted a lot of hay. So I built this single bale feeder that greatly reduces waste, says Donald Scholz, Grand Island, Neb.
  The feeder is built out of 2 by 4, 2 by 6, and 2 by 12 lumber and has a 12-in. wide trough all the way around that catches alfalfa leaves as well as stems. The trough is also used to feed grain and pellet feed.
  The bale cage at the center is built with 1-in. dia., 14-ga. tubing and 1-in. angle iron. It measures 18 in. wide, 46 in. long and 15 in. high. A 1 by 6 by 36-in. board bolted to a chain is used to hold the bale down in the cage. The chain is welded to the top bar at one end of the cage, and snap hooks connect to a ring welded to the top bar at the other end.
   I dont have a drawing of my feeder, but Id be glad to help anyone interested in building one, says Scholz.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald Scholz, 3757 West Prairie Rd., Grand Island, Neb. 68803 (ph 308 687-6430).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6