Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

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Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by sstterry » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:06 am

I have moved some cattle to another pasture and need to make Salt/Mineral available to them. I don't want to buy new expensive feeders and I simply don't have the time to build a couple right now. Are there any downsides to simply buying a couple of Feed Stations and using those instead?
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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:02 am

For many, many years, the only thing I used was a 50 gal drum hanging in a tree. Had them all over the farm in each paddock.
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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by Red Bull Breeder » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:05 am

As many times as Duns blue barrel mineral feeder has been posted on here, I couldn't find a picture in a search.

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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:33 am

sstterry wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:06 am
I have moved some cattle to another pasture and need to make Salt/Mineral available to them. I don't want to buy new expensive feeders and I simply don't have the time to build a couple right now. Are there any downsides to simply buying a couple of Feed Stations and using those instead?
Something like this:

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Mine would have that torn up in no time.
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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by JMJ Farms » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:42 am

I build my own like this. Have worked well for me. Takes a little time but they last.

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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:45 am

Red bull - I can't find anything either. Dun actually got the pattern from me. I "stole" the pattern from Hudson Pines Farm. Just take a 50 gallon drum, cut maybe an 18" by 24" hole at least 8" off the bottom (or more depending on how much mineral you want to put out at one time) (big enough for their heads). Drill a hole in top towards the BACK side of center of the top, so that the bucket hangs with the hole side tipped down a little. By tipping it a little, water won't run down into hole and the wind will blow the bucket pushing the hole away so rain doesn't get in. Use a swivel hook (very important).
Try to make sure to hang it far enough away from trunk of tree, so that an aggressive cow or bull can't "trap" it against the tree.
My cattle would kill that "feed station" in a heart beat.
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Re: Using a Feed Station as Salt/Mineral Feeders

Post by sstterry » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 am

I guess that answers my question. thanks guys.

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