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Double Ring Round Bale Feeder
This new "double ring" round bale feeder reduces waste by at least 20%, according to Lawrence Delichte, Super Trail Mfg., St. Alphonse, Manitoba.
The patented one-piece bale feeder, made from 1-in. square tubing, consists of a 3-ft. high inner ring set within a 4-ft. high outer ring. The outer ring is equipped with a 19-in. high metal "skirt" along its bottom. This ring is 10 ft. 8 in. in diameter, while the inner ring, which holds a 6-ft. dia. bale, is 7 ft. 6 in. in diameter.
"Other round bale feeders allow cattle to drop loose hay outside the feeder and trample on it," says Delichte, who raises cattle. "This feeder is designed so cattle feed with their heads through the bars and inside the feeder right from the start. Dropped hay falls into the 18-in. gap between rings, in-side the skirt. Cattle continually push and shove the feeder to get at the center hay. The skirt and the bottom of the inner ring carry loose hay, keeping it from being trampled into the ground."
The inner ring is 24 ft. in circumference - the same size as a conventional round bale feeder. But the outer ring is 34 ft. in circumference, allowing up to 30% more cattle to feed around it, says Delichte. "The inner ring also discourages immature cattle from jumping between the bars and getting caught," he adds.
The slanted bars can be spaced 24 or 30 in. apart. Four models are available to accommodate different breeds of cattle. Models range in price from $300 to $335. Dealer inquiries are welcome.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Super Trail Mfg., Box 35, St. Alphonse, Manitoba, Canada R0K 1Z0 (ph 204 836-2441).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1