Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

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Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by jd720 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:42 pm

Ok it`s time to buy some new hay rings so I`ve been looking at the ones with the skirts at the bottom. Do the skirts really save any hay or is that just something else to rust out. They cost $70 more but they`re also a heavier tubing than the others. Just want to hear from someone that`s had them if they`re worth the extra $$ ?



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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:53 pm

Keeps the be nice out in a wintering yard.
Otherwise its just a piece that will often come loose after a period of time.
No, but don't buy cheap tinny rings either. They will not last.
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by Dixie2542 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:55 am

jd720 wrote:Ok it`s time to buy some new hay rings so I`ve been looking at the ones with the skirts at the bottom. Do the skirts really save any hay or is that just something else to rust out. They cost $70 more but they`re also a heavier tubing than the others. Just want to hear from someone that`s had them if they`re worth the extra $$ ?


JD720, definitely get the heavier duty rings...skirted ones seem to last alot longer (as in years longer) and hold up a lot better to abuse on moving them around. We have both kinds and man I wished I just bought the skirted... needless to say when we replace the lighter ones it's going to be with a heavy duty skirted one...that's my :2cents: hope that helps

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by boondocks » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:35 am

Ditto to Dixie. Have had both; the skirted ones hold up better in our muddy, snowy environment where we end up moving them a couple times a month on average.

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by snoopdog » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:59 am

We have had good luck with the skirted ones
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by littletom » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:42 pm

Last several years we have gotten some really heavy ones with 3 rings at bottom. They are only a few inches apart similar to a skirt. Plan was when bottom rusted off it would just have 2 bottom rings and be a little shorter. None have rusted out yet. Really heavy run about 300 galvanized

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:38 pm

snoopdog wrote:We have had good luck with the skirted ones


I had one delivered yesterday along with a load of gates. I can't wait to put it into service.
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by Lazy M » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:56 pm

snoopdog wrote:We have had good luck with the skirted ones

The sheet metal on the 2 that I tried kept popping off at the welds making for some pretty sharp edges. I pulled them and still have them in the yard from last year until I get a chance to reweld :dunce:

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:18 pm

You can buy HD rings w/o skirts.
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by sstterry » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:36 am

The sheeted bottom hay rings reduce waste by about 5%-6% of the total bale weight. The cone feeders with a sheeted bottom are by far the best, but I am not sure the added cost is worth it. Personally, I am going to start buying the poly hay rings. They are more expensive on the front end, but look like they last much much longer.

https://extension.tennessee.edu/Smith/Pages/anr-How-Expensive-is-that-Hay-Ring.aspx

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by JMJ Farms » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:39 am

I think I’m gonna try one of the go-bob hay rings just to see if they are really that good.
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by sstterry » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:02 am

JMJ Farms wrote:I think I’m gonna try one of the go-bob hay rings just to see if they are really that good.


I have seen those. What is the cost as compared to a standard hay ring?

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by T & B farms » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:23 am

Go bob rings are great. I bought a few, and I have made several of my own. When good hay is put in them, there is hardly any waste

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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by JMJ Farms » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:52 am

sstterry wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:I think I’m gonna try one of the go-bob hay rings just to see if they are really that good.


I have seen those. What is the cost as compared to a standard hay ring?


Haven’t called but I THINK they’re about $1200 +/-. Almost an unbeatable warranty. I’m not ready to go whole hog yet, but I figured trying one to see wouldn’t be the worst investment ever.
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Re: Hay rings with the skirts at the bottom ?

Post by Dirt Farmer » Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:21 pm

In my experience they save a noticeable amount of hay, especially if it is not great hay.

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