Get your copy of over 30,000 hours of research into comparing every system for feeding bales to cattle. Inside you’ll find the complete comparison of how each system performs on the 23 issues they face.
To provide you with a balanced evaluation, instead of comparing brands, we’ve compared how each feeding system performs and compares in each of the 23 situations faced when trying to optimize performance when feeding bales to cattle:
The feeding system is on your farm is essential. Making sure you have the right quality feed, fed at the right time and in the right quantities, is fundamental to the profitability of the farm.
Time saved – Feeding livestock by hand can take hours of hard work, with a high risk of injuries and fatigue compared with feeding with a mechanised feeding system that takes just about 7 minutes per bale unrolled. Reducing your labour hours for feeding would mean you can spend more of your time on profitable work. Feed that has been un-wound with a bale feeder tends to be more open and fluffier, meaning the animals take less time to get their fill. This means they can move away from the feed fence sooner and start ruminating.
Quality feed & More efficiency – There is a tendency to dump a big amount of feed and let them ‘get on with it’. This saves us labour but does not actually give the animals the best use of the feed. Often the bottom of the feed is going off before they eat it, especially in a very tight and full ring feeder. Mechanical feeding is quick and easy, so you can afford to do it more often and the animals will always have fresh feed.
Some farmers commented on better condition animals using less feed – where they increased the frequency of feed and reduced the total amount fed.
If you want to increase your herd health, reduce your hay wastage, labour and therefore increase profitability, maybe now is the time to rethink your feeding methods!