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Big Bale Feeder Made From Livestock Trailer
Old livestock trailers can be turned into low-cost, giant portable feed bunks that can easily be pulled behind a tractor, says Kevin Johannes. He converted a 16-ft. cattle trailer into a portable feeder that can hold up to two 3 by 8-ft. big square bales at a time.
    “It’s easy to move, cost almost nothing to build, and keeps the hay covered so it never gets wet. Also, I can move it around which helps keep the ground from getting too muddy in one place,” says Johannes.      The trailer has openings all the way around, including on the rear gate, and can feed about 20 head at a time. Johannes uses a front-end loader to load bales from the back.
    “It holds enough hay for a week so I don’t have to worry about my cattle running out of feed,” he says.
    The trailer’s wooden floor had rotted out so he replaced it with a new plywood floor. He also cut out openings in the sides, front and back, tack welding angle irons horizontally onto the side openings to reinforce them.
    Johannes hooks the trailer up to his tractor’s 3-pt. hitch. “I cut off most of the trailer tongue, including the ball hitch, to keep cattle from tripping over it. To move the trailer I just hook up a chain from the 3-pt. to a horizontal bar on the tongue,” he says.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Johannes (ph 570 470-4520; pumkinhead22@gmail.com).


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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3