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 and how to overcome these issues. 

  • Chainless bale feeder
  • Chain / slat bale feeder (Cradle feeder)
  • Bale unroller
  • Bale bed / Bale deck
  • Hay ring / Hay trailer
  • Bale Processor
  • Bale splitter
  • TMR Mixer

Here at Hustler, efficiency is at the heart of what we do. We believe that our livestock farmers and ranchers deserve a better way, to invest in a system that saves your time, bales, fuel, pasture and maintenance while maximising profits. 

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We compare systems, not brands.

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:

  1. Investment cost
  2. Number of cattle that can be fed
  3. Feed Waste
  4. Feed Damage
  5. Hoof trampling
  6. Time to feed each bale
  7. Pasture damage
  8. Ease of access to feed for all animals
  9. Manure and nitrogen spreading 
  10. Ability to use part bales
  11. Diesel consumption per bale
  12. Minimum tractor size required 
  13. Approx maintenance cost in the first 3 years
  14. Can feed hay bales
  15. Can feed baleage bales 
  16. Can feed round bales 
  17. Can feed square bales 
  18. Mix with other ingredients 
  19. Open field feeding 
  20. Indoor feeding 
  21. Bunk, trough, feed-pad feeding 
  22. Straw bedding capable 
  23. Single tractor operation

What our farmers and ranchers say

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“Hustler allowed me to feed out more efficiently and save on feeding costs”

Ashley Rowe, Ardrossan (South Australia) - Unrolla SL360X/LX105

“It just makes life at least 10-15 minutes quicker every day, and there’s definitely not as much wastage”

Callumn Broomhall, Meander (Australia) - Chainless X5000/TX205

“Nothing has compared and has been as reliable as what the Hustler has been, and we will definitely be getting a Hustler the next time we trade up”

Doug Hanks, Stoney Creek, (Australia) - Unrolla SL700X/TX205
Ian dickson

“We were very happy with the first one, it made the job a lot easier so we thought we’d buy another one!”

Ian Dickson, Milawa (Australia) - Chainless X5000/TX205

“I was impressed with how it trails the grain across the top of the hay and with how much labour it takes out of the work”

James Bishop, Mullaley (Australia) - Super Comby/CM106

“Our farm is quite remote so the most important thing is reliability. The Super Comby has proven to us over the past few seasons that it is the most reliable machine available”

Mark Coots, Mildura (Australia) - Super Comby/CM106
luke carr

“We buy and produce both round and square bales, so the Hustler X2500 Chainless balefeeder really suited our needs.  It allows us to feed both types of hay quickly and without wastage.”

Luke Carr, Comobella (Australia) - Chainless X2500/LX105
Mark Mawhood

“When you run it out in a line, the cattle are able to access it. The shy feeders can get right up and get a feed, and we’re also noticing the calves getting in and feeding on the silage as well.”

Mark Mawhood, Oberon (Australia) - Chainless X2400/LX104

“The machine has been faultless since I bought it. It enables me to get two bales of hay and silage fed out in 10-15 minutes. Then I’m back home, next to the fire and having dinner each night. It’s fantastic.”

Paul Menzies, Neerim (Australia) - Unrolla SL300X/LM105

“From a costing and efficiency perspective, I was a long way in front using the Hustler.”

Peter Russell, Lyndhurst (Australia) - Chainless X5000/TX205


For most ranchers in Australia, keeping stock healthy at the lowest possible cost is a top priority. If you want to increase your pasture production and herd health along with reducing your hay wastage, maybe now is the time to rethink your feeding methods?

Livestock feed represents the largest single cost – often up to 60 percent of the total operation spending. 

The average beef cow weighs about 500 kg and typically consumes 2.5% of her body weight on short stem hay, or 13kg/day of hay. Over an 80-cow herd, that is 1.8 tons of forage-fed daily or over 180 tons during a 5-month timeframe. At $55/ ton, you will spend about $9,900 over that period. Use our FREE online calculator to find how much you could save on your ranch.

Switching of bale feeding system can cut your feed costs by 50% and allows your more time to nail your ‘back-burner’ job list! If you are thinking about mechanising your operation, keep in mind that maintenance-free gear is an asset as you don’t want to waste your time in the workshop fixing your broken pieces of equipment. Also, a golden tip is to prioritise your choice to a machine that features versatility, maneuverability and ease of use.


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