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Round Bale Feeders

Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:57 pm

I'm fixing to build some round bale feeders, V shaped with skids where I can move em around. I have a pretty good drawing from others I have seen in the past, but I'm concerned about spacing on the tubing. It will be vertical and I don't want any chance of them getting a head stuck in it, I was thinking 12", what are your thoughts?
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Postby midTN_Brangusman » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:13 pm

For grown cows I think I would go 16. Larger gap = less material = lighter and more cost efficient
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Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:27 pm

midTN_Brangusman wrote:For grown cows I think I would go 16. Larger gap = less material = lighter and more cost efficient


I got all the tubing for free, would you still make em 16"? I'll only be adding one per side by going 12"
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:33 pm

Ol' 243 wrote:
midTN_Brangusman wrote:For grown cows I think I would go 16. Larger gap = less material = lighter and more cost efficient


I got all the tubing for free, would you still make em 16"? I'll only be adding one per side by going 12"


I think I would, but I got big cows.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:48 pm

Ol' 243 wrote:I'm fixing to build some round bale feeders, V shaped with skids where I can move em around. I have a pretty good drawing from others I have seen in the past, but I'm concerned about spacing on the tubing. It will be vertical and I don't want any chance of them getting a head stuck in it, I was thinking 12", what are your thoughts?



I will see how far mine are apart.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:41 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
Ol' 243 wrote:I'm fixing to build some round bale feeders, V shaped with skids where I can move em around. I have a pretty good drawing from others I have seen in the past, but I'm concerned about spacing on the tubing. It will be vertical and I don't want any chance of them getting a head stuck in it, I was thinking 12", what are your thoughts?



I will see how far mine are apart.



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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby dun » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:03 pm

Part of the equations is the diameter of the feeder
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:14 pm

dun wrote:Part of the equations is the diameter of the feeder


Building it in a V shape to hold a single 4 x 5 bale, actually lay the bale on it's side in it.
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Postby dun » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:20 pm

What will be the outside diameter. I have 3 different sized feeders and the openings are different on each of them.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:46 pm

dun wrote:What will be the outside diameter. I have 3 different sized feeders and the openings are different on each of them.


Basically two 5 x 5 panels welded into a v with the ends welded up. About 40 off the ground to the bottom of the v, four legs on each corner welded to skids. Does that make sense?
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Postby wbvs58 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:30 pm

Here is one I made earlier in the year for 4x4 round bales. I have been feeding 8 2yr old bulls from it for 3 months and nothing has been caught in it nor have they knocked it over, been very economical on hay. I used rubber conveyor belt on the catching tray underneath it. The idea is to load the round bales off the back of my utility truck using the boat trailer winch to pull them into the V and then pull it into the upright position and lock it off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_09LckoX7uw

And with it in action.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:30 pm

Mine is a half circle design it holds two 4x5's. The bars are 24" apart.
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Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:42 pm

wbvs58 wrote:Here is one I made earlier in the year for 4x4 round bales. I have been feeding 8 2yr old bulls from it for 3 months and nothing has been caught in it nor have they knocked it over, been very economical on hay. I used rubber conveyor belt on the catching tray underneath it. The idea is to load the round bales off the back of my utility truck using the boat trailer winch to pull them into the V and then pull it into the upright position and lock it off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_09LckoX7uw

And with it in action.
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Thanks, almost exactly the way I'm gonna build mine, minus the winch system.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Ol' 243 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:43 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:Mine is a half circle design it holds two 4x5's. The bars are 24" apart.
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Looks very efficient for not much material cost.
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Re: Round Bale Feeders

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:52 pm

Ol' 243 wrote:
Caustic Burno wrote:Mine is a half circle design it holds two 4x5's. The bars are 24" apart.
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Looks very efficient for not much material cost.


The hay savings pay for it quick.
What falls under doesn't get walked, peed and shyt on they eat it.
I estimate it has a 25 to 30% hay savings.
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