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Plastic hay rings

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:12 am

I was going to start switching to the cone style hay saver rings this year. About half my herd calves in the fall (a few in the winter :shock: ). Anyway, I talked myself out of those, for fear calves wouldn't get any, and price. I've bought 7 plastic rings so far. Hard to say after only half a winter, but I think I like them. Far more durable than I had thought. They don't sink in the mud either. I've been averaging putting out 28 rolls a week, and see no signs of them failing. Price wise, you can't beat the deal, or the durability imho. As I retire my metal rings, I will definitely replace them with plastic.
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Postby JSCATTLE » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:00 pm

If you are talking about the black high density plastic I have several that are 5 years old . Mine has stainless bolts and still look new.. abut double the cost of the metal but last much longer ..
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Postby MudHog » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:10 pm

Got a link Bigfoot to which ones you have?
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:51 pm

MudHog wrote:Got a link Bigfoot to which ones you have?


Not a mark on any of them. All bought from the same place Falders farm supply. Place itself doesn't even have a web page.
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Postby talltimber » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:59 pm

I just ordered two last week. I finally found the manufacturer who had made the three my Dad and Grandpa was using when they passed/got out. I think they are probably about ten years old now. I needed a couple more due to "groups". Most places around here sell/stock Century brand, which I am sure is fine, just wasn't the brand I was looking for.
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Postby MudHog » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:33 pm

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MudHog wrote:Got a link Bigfoot to which ones you have?


Not a mark on any of them. All bought from the same place Falders farm supply. Place itself doesn't even have a web page.



That's odd. Can you post a picture? Are you referring to the house type that covers the bale or is this a ring like a regular steel bale ring?

I haven't seen anything plastic in my area so I'm curious as to what you have and I know plastic will last nearly forever.
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:43 pm

MudHog wrote:
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MudHog wrote:Got a link Bigfoot to which ones you have?


Not a mark on any of them. All bought from the same place Falders farm supply. Place itself doesn't even have a web page.



That's odd. Can you post a picture? Are you referring to the house type that covers the bale or is this a ring like a regular steel bale ring?

I haven't seen anything plastic in my area so I'm curious as to what you have and I know plastic will last nearly forever.


Provided it's not dark, when I feed I can snap a pic. Darks been catching most evenings.
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:46 pm

This concept, but mine appears to be heavier. They were a little over $300 a piece.
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Postby MudHog » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:30 pm

Thanks! I'll have to do some looking. Even at $300, that isn't bad considering the price of steel ones.
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Postby TCRanch » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:17 pm

We just bought another one like Bigfoot's pic. It's a Century, $260, bought it at one of the local Coops. We have 5 more that we've had for 8 years. And yes, they're bull proof :)
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Postby reeler » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:03 pm

I have 2 that look like the pics, but are yellow instead of black. Had them about 4 years, very durable.Recently saw 9 month old calf inside ring on top of hay- climbed back out, no problem.
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby pricefarm » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:19 pm

Can u pick them up with a hay spear and not damage them
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Postby artesianspringsfarm » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:23 pm

pricefarm wrote:Can u pick them up with a hay spear and not damage them


You absolutely can and put me in the club as a real believer in these. I'd about given up on hay rings because of how quick our bull(s) would bend them up but these things have been great. I have 2 that will be 2 years old come spring and I feed hay 6-7 months a year. Yearlings will still get in them but they can also get out. Waste even seems a little lower than a standard ring to me.
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby R V » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:50 pm

I have 3 of the black plastic rings that are 9-10 years old. They are very durable. My only complaint is the that the mature cows push them around and waste a lot more hay than the red metal hay rings that MFA sells locally. I wish I knew how to post a video. My son has video of a Charolais cow and her calf inside the black plastic hay ring and she is packing it to a fresh bale of hay that they were putting out. He couldn't catch her and had to lift it off with the hay spikes.
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Re: Plastic hay rings

Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:07 am

TCRanch wrote:We just bought another one like Bigfoot's pic. It's a Century, $260, bought it at one of the local Coops. We have 5 more that we've had for 8 years. And yes, they're bull proof :)
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