Does anyone have any experience with cone hay feeders? If so what was the cost? What size bail would it take? And did you like it?
MrBilly":3rta2dda said:I bought one several months ago and am delighted with it and will add more. There is very little waste. Michigan study showed cone feeders waste about 3.4 % compared to traditional ring feeders which as I recall were in the 6% range. The one we have is made, like a tank, with very heavy gauge steel, the bottom of the cone is lifted above the ground and the bottom of the ring has a 1/8 inche plate steel skirt to prevent the hay from coming out onto the ground. It should hold up very nicely. I have seen others where the bottom of the cone actually sits on the ground.
Our's was made by J and L and is called a haysaver; they are in Pa. It was quite expensive ;-) due to the cost of shipping, but we bought with others to reduce it - the cost was $725 total. Worth every cent. More on the way.
MrBilly":1w4jj39l said:Hey Dun, I don't have any crappy hay. Do you?
As they eat the hay, some drops into the bottom, and then they eat that. I find very little hay outside the rings. As the cattle empty the cone, you bring in a bale with a loader and drop it into the cone. I will get pictures of this in the near future.
It is very heavy, can not budge it by hand. Need to move it with a front loader. When you look at the flimsey rings out there, with paper thin metal, I priced one at Tractor Supply last week at around $218, the $725 looks better and better.