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Donut Feeder Saves Hay, Cows
Once they’ve tried his “double donut” bale feeder, cattle producers appreciate several things about the design, says inventor Jim Hawken.
  He built the first one about 33 years ago for a customer who wanted a feeder for two bales that would be safe. He was concerned about his cows getting their heads caught between the bars as bales broke down.
  Hawken, who makes a variety of livestock-related equipment at his Markdale, Ontario shop, says his feeder’s hexagon frame is made of 1 1/4-in. square tubing and has a 20 to 25-year life expectancy.
  Besides efficiency and safety, there’s another unexpected benefit.
  “There is virtually no hay waste compared to other feeders,” Hawken says. “Hay drops on the inside ring of the feeder so it’s not on the ground.”
  One customer, who feeds 200 cows with eight of the feeders, says he saves a bale of hay a day.
  Loading is easy too, as the bales are dropped in the center. Feeders run $1,350 plus delivery costs. Hawken says he will deliver the 750 lb. feeders to the East Coast of Canada and into the U.S. if there is interest.
  “I like getting out to see new people, and it’s a time for me and my wife to get away,” he says.
  Contact him for more information. And, if you need something bigger, ask Hawken about his triple feeder.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Hawken, 635745 Euphrasia Holland Townline, Rt. 3, Markdale, Ontario Canada N0C1H0 (ph 519 986-2507).

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