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I have 55 head of cattle. I put out 4 bales of hay every 3-4 days. Right now I have a trailer that I put 2 bales on and the other 2 I just put on the ground. Seems like there is a good bit of hay left on the ground when the bales are finished. Would the hay rings save alot of hay?, and would it be a good idea to purchase 2-3 of them or maybe even get 4? Thanks, Seth
 

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Five-D Cattle Farm":32020jli said:
I have 55 head of cattle. I put out 4 bales of hay every 3-4 days. Right now I have a trailer that I put 2 bales on and the other 2 I just put on the ground. Seems like there is a good bit of hay left on the ground when the bales are finished. Would the hay rings save alot of hay?, and would it be a good idea to purchase 2-3 of them or maybe even get 4? Thanks, Seth

Savings will depend on the cost of hay and how long you feed each year.
For me - - the hay savings will pay for a new ring in one winter.
 

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yes hay rings will allow the cows to eat 95% of the hay.putting hay on the ground like your doing is wasting 50 to 60% of your hay.4 bales should last 55hd 3 days.an have no wastage.
 

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You may be better off to just unroll one bale every day. They'll clean it up, and the manure will be spread around.
 

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IF you buy rings, get the cone feeder which keeps the hay off the ground and has the least waste - they also cost the most to purchase.

Here is a pic of ours - scroll down to see them: http://www.sellfarm.com/farm_pictures.htm

These are J and L Haysaver rings out of Stoystown, PA. Cost about $650 several years ago (probably much more now). Can only move with a big heavy duty front loader.

Also see other posts on this site at: http://www.cattletoday.com/forum/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a



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Any of you using the Bextra hayrings? They look to be an alternative to the cone feeders and less expensive; though still pretty pricey when compared to a traditional hayring.
 
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