Finding the right bale feeder for your livestock and farm is an important step for making feedings easier and reducing costs. But knowing which one is best for your requirements can be difficult. You don’t want to have the hassle of purchasing the wrong feeder or one that doesn’t meet your needs. Doing your research and getting advice from feeder experts should be the first port of call if you are unsure.
Finding the right round bale hay feeder
We have a range of different hay feeders available for farmers. They come in a variety of sizes and carry both round and square bales. This versatility means that you are not restricted to one type of bale and your feeding practices can change as your needs change.
Having versatile equipment also means that it is harder working and has multiple different uses. This also means that versatile bale feeders are better value for money. Investing in a square or round bale feeder will mean that you have a reliable and efficient method to feed livestock, as well as a long lasting piece of farm machinery.
If you’re wondering about square bale feeders or round bale feeder prices, get in touch with one of our trusted dealers across the country. Or reach out to us for our expert advice and personalised pricing.
Benefits of hay and hay feeders
Different livestock have particular diet and nutrients requirements. If you’re feeding cattle for instance, you need to be careful not to give them too much grain that is rich and high in protein. This can cause an acidosis build up in the cattle’s stomach, as well as other complications. This can cause their stomachs to become upset and in severe circumstances it can even lead to death. When the stakes are so high, it’s important to understand what and how to feed your herd.
Hay is a good supplemental feed for a variety of animals, so it’s a good idea to use quality hay as part of their food rations. It is used in most livestock’s diets, not just here in Australia but worldwide. It is used on farms and in feedlots as a roughage fodder.
It’s a common practice for a designated hay-feeding location to be chosen. A suitable site will likely be high in the landscape and with vegetation or fence buffers to protect other sensitive areas. When choosing this site, equipment access is also very important; look for a place that is near gates and close to your hay storage area.
It is a cost effective and nutritional feed option and one that is relatively easy to come by. Feeding hay brings nutrients into a grazing system, particularly when pasture yields are low or nutritional needs are higher, such as weaning calves.
When feeding out hay, it’s best to use bale feeders. Not only do they make the process easier and faster, but they also help to reduce feed wastage, which, in turn, saves money. This is very important for farms, where inefficiencies can end up costing time as well as money in the long run. If you’re interested in finding out about square bale feeder or round bale feeder prices, our team can assist you. We can also customise our feeders to better suit your needs.
What are the different types of hay?
Hay is commonly used in Australia for feeding and fodder and is grown by some farmers for a wide variety of purposes. There are many types and qualities of hay crop that farmers produce. This is largely dependent on the season, weather, soil and ground conditions, as well as the machinery they use.
In Australia, some of the most common hay produced include;
dry land and irrigated lucean hay,
and a variety of straw hay.
The type or types of hay you use depends on your nutritional needs and circumstances. Whatever the type of hay, it will likely need a feeder system for efficient and safe feeding.
Our bale feeders
Willie’s Manufacturing Industries have a great range of bale feeders, as well as expert industry knowledge. All of our feeders are made for Australian conditions and Australian farms, with tough, weather-proof materials used.
Our range features:
The Albybone - This machine is a multi-bale feeder, capable of handling both round and square bales of hay. Each machine also has an independent tandem rock system, an extendable chamber to accommodate all bales, and can be used for carting in. More information here.
The Pa-Mick - This brand is a hay and silage feeder, which can carry up to two bales at a time, one of each type (round or square), and in any order. It also features high ground clearance, a strong robust design, and a curved chamber for pad feeding. More information here.
The Elite - The Elite is a round bale feeder capable of carrying up to two bales at a time. It feeds out hay and silage, and can handle large round bales. It also has a versatile loading system with collapsible forks for safety, and rippers that travel over the top of the chassis to reduce component damage. More information here.
The Champion - This feeder can carry up to six round bales (for the 6-bale model), and feeds out hay and silage. Smaller machines can also be custom built if needed. The Champion has an independent tandem rocker system, plus a versatile loading system with collapsible forks for safety. More information here. There is also the High Sided Champion option.
If you have any questions about our feeders range or round bale feeder prices, call us on 0488 605 713 or contact us here.