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Manure Spreader Converted To Big Square Bale Feeder
When Richard Haskin’s source for horse hay switched to large square bales, he needed a different feeder. An old manure spreader turned out to be the perfect size.
    Haskin removed the spreader’s beater, gearbox and apron, then used the apron shaft to mount a homemade back gate.
    “I put three 4-in. landscape timbers across the bottom of the spreader so hay doesn’t sit in water when it rains,” he notes.
    His brother, who collects and sells scrap metal, had old school bleachers. Haskins used six of the ends to create sides. Five are bolted securely. One in the center slips in a 3/8-in. bolt and can be easily removed to create a big enough opening for his loader to drop in a square bale.
    “The sides stop the horses from dragging out the hay. There is very little waste,” Haskin says.
    With 15-in. tires, the height is ideal for the horses, and he can move the feeder if he needs to. A jack on the hitch holds the feeder level and secure.
    “It’s worked great for my horses for about six years,” Haskins said. “It would work for other livestock, too.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Haskin, 62134 205th Ave., Dodge Center, Minn. 55972 (ph 507 374-6633).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #3