Big Bale Feeder

Great way to keep from wasting hay. It pays for itself in 1 year!

Note: We are now selling Big Bale panels and connectors individually. This way you can design according to your situation or need.

How many panels, hinges and clips you will need? See "Customization" below.


938120 Big Bale Wire Panel In Stock 18.00 $42.00
965401 Wire Panel Hinge, 48" tall In Stock 0.40 $3.50
965405 Snap Clip, Zinc Plated In Stock 0.20 $2.60
965406 Snap Clip, Stainless Steel In Stock 0.20 $7.00

Connecting panels with wire hinges

Big Bale Feeder Instructions [292 KB]

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Item #938120 has an additional handling fee of $10 per item.

Common Uses

To feed sheep using hay bales.


How many panels, hinges and clips are needed for a bale?

  • 4 ft dia. bale: 5 panels, 4 connector hinges, 2 snap clips
  • 5 ft dia. bale: 6 panels, 5 connector hinges, 2 snap clips
  • 6 ft dia. bale: 7 panels, 6 hinges, 2 clips



  • 48" tall x 40" long
  • 4 - 8" x 12" eating holes
  • 3/8" dia support rods (outer rods & 4 vertical internal rods).
  • 1/4" dia rods (other rods).
  • Hot-dip galvanized


  • 4 head-holes per panel.
  • Folds flat—easy to store and move.
  • Adult sheep can’t get inside it.
  • Average of 40 ewes per 6 panel feeder is advised. (Too many ewes will cause fighting for access.) 1200 lb hay bale should last about 5 days.
  • More durable than feeders made with farm-store wire panels.
  • Adapts to most bale sizes or shapes­.
  • Not for use with cattle, horses or horned animals.
  • Ships to you by UPS™/Spee-Dee™.
  • Most need 5–7 panels.


Can pay for itself in 1 year…
Calculating the lost $$ due to wasted hay provides a picture of the relative value of a big bale hay feeder.

Assume 40 ewes eat 5 lbs of hay for 165 days. Assume hay costs $140/ton (7¢/lb).
Big Bale Feeder— 10% wastage, $231 wasted hay.
Other Feeders– 25% wastage, $577 wasted hay.
So, the $346 difference pays for a Premier feeder—in only 1 year!


See PDF above.

Tip: To eliminate risk of sheep tipping over an empty feeder and thereby injuring themselves, drive a single steel post into the ground and secure 1 corner of the bale feeder to it. The post can stay in place all winter. Having noted that we rarely do this. We simply allow the sheep to tip the feeder over. Our last injury was 4 years ago-- and we use 20 feeders all winter long.


What Not to do with Big Bale Feeders–

  1. Don’t use them for cattle or horses. Horned sheep or goats won’t damage the feeder but they may get their heads caught.
  2. Don’t lift the feeder with the tractor loader. This puts unnecessary stress on the welds.
  3. Don’t let panels freeze to the ground.
  4. Don’t feed more than 40-50 ewes per feeder. Too many ewes per feeder may cause them to fight for access—which can result in poor-doing (or even dead) sheep.

Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
Item # 965401 - In Stock
Provides a strong, reliable connection that is also a 360º hinge. Unlike "hinges" of twine and soft wire that fail at the wrong moment, this hinge does not fail.
Item # 965405 - In Stock
Used to connect, close and hang a wide variety of items.
Item # 965406 - In Stock
Used to connect, close and hang a wide variety of items.
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 13 customers reviewed this product.

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We had a hay waste problem with our old feeders so we came up with a solution, our Big Bale Feeders. We don’t know what we would use to feed our sheep with if we didn’t have these. We recommend not lifting them with the forks of a tractor. Once the sheep clean up a bale, we move the feeder to a different spot to prevent waste building in only one area. We love these feeders, they pay for themselves by reducing waste.
Date: July 19, 2015
Cynthia P
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This feeder has changed our lives with our sheep. We have a small hobby farm to produce wool fiber, and we have reduced the vegetable matter contamination to at least 50%, if not more. Thank you so much Premier!!!!

Now, could you consider designing one for horses?? The tractors repeatedly picking up the traditional round bale feeders destroys them over time. We had a horse rip her nostril open recently due to a jagged edge caused by metal fatigue of picking the ring up to place over the round bale. The beauty of this design is it does not require a tractor.
Date: June 9, 2014
Gary J from Greensburg, KS
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This is our second Big Bale Feeder. We've had two other brands. The first, a blue one, was pathetic. It allowed way too much waste and lambs would crawl in and play on the bales. The second, a red one, was immensely better but if a bale was of poorer quality, the sheep tend to not eat the bottom of the bale which won't allow the feeder to move into the bale, but not a bad feeder. The Premier allows the adult sheep to put there head into the feeder to eat into the bale, it keeps all lambs out, and the bale is consumed entirely.
Date: November 17, 2012
Teresa A from Kansas
Would you recommend this product? Yes
These bale feeders are AMAZING! We were feeding a bale per week to each group of approx. 25 does and now a bale lasts at 3+ weeks. My only regret is we didn't buy these sooner. They will more than pay for themselves this winter. We have mostly horned goats and have not had any problem with them getting caught.
Date: September 12, 2012
Linda G from North CArolina
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have lost count of the different feeders I have tried to save hay when feeding my herd of 50+ goats. Nothing seemed to work until I purchased a Big Bale Feeder! I now own three of them. If you own goats, you know how much hay they can waste. I was feeding a round bale a week to my senior doe pasture. After purchasing my first Big Bale Feeder, I am now buying one every three weeks. At this rate the feeder will pay for itself in jus a few months. While it does not totally eliminate waste, it has certainly made a huge difference. I would certainly recommend this product to anyone with goats. I even use it with my horned goats and have not experienced any problems.
Date: July 25, 2012
Kathleen L from Illinois
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I'm very pleased with this feeder. Nice, heavy duty panels but light enough to move. With this drought I had to do something to save on hay. I would say a bale is lasting 3 times longer in this feeder. The hay has some course stems in it but I just pull those out every couple days and they do a pretty good job of cleaning up the good stuff.
Date: April 28, 2012
ADAM L from Iowa
Would you recommend this product? Yes
we normally feed small squares but with the dry august we had a shortage of squares decided on this feeder because of cost vs others on the market easy to set up by your self very little waste probably less than 10% also very durable and no worry about lambs getting into the feeder to get injured worth every penny it costs.
Date: March 31, 2012
Peter P from nh
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have used a sliding bar style bale feeder with pretty good results, approx 10% hay loss. With 40+ ewes they can get pretty pushy at times so I decided to try one of these. Light and easy set up. Hay loss is 2-3% at most. The only issue I've seen is it removes a lot of wool from the ewes necks.
I do recommend the feeder be well checked over for shipping damages. Mine had a couple panels that were bent and probably should have gone back. they are rugged so how they manage to do that is beyond me...!
Date: January 25, 2012
Don D from MN
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Bought two last year, bought another this year, will buy another later this year or next year. That should be enough right there.

Cost really isn't that much different than traditional round bale feeders I bought from local farm supply stores. I have several of the traditional feeders that have rusted out.

Premier sheep hay feeder has essentially eliminated the wasted hay. The heavier duty vertical rods make them much more long lasting that cattle panels. For sheep and goats they are great feeders. Easy to setup. The clips you can buy with them or a deal compared to what I can find locally.
Date: January 3, 2012
Elizabeth M from Illinois
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I just purchased this feeder and am impressed so far. I was using a regular cattle panel around my hay bales before with holes cut out so my Boer goats could eat. They kept crawling thru the holes. And the panels would fall apart (welds). My babies may still crawl thru but these panels are made really well. I did cut bigger holes since my goats are horned. I know I run a risk of them getting caught but they can get caught in other things too. I will not put these feeders in with goats that their horns go out to the side too far, like my bucks. So far it is working great- super easy to use.
Date: August 27, 2011
Cynthia C from MI
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Works as advertised. Easy to handle, assemble and disassemble.
Date: April 13, 2011
LeRoy R from New York
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Bale feeder works as advertised and does help in limiting the amount of hay that is wasted. In three feeders, I received one defectively welded panel that broke apart after 3-4 weeks use. Assume this is an aberration, but disappointed that no follow up from Premier after phone call inquiry and emailed description of problem per suggestion when I called. Will buy more, but check carefully in the future.
Date: August 18, 2010
Jennifer B
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have only had this feeder for a week, but I am very happy with it so far. It is very heavy duty wire, good connectors and it's sturdy. I have had a grass hay bale in with my 25 sheep for 5 days and they have barely put a dent in the bale. Before I had no feeder and in 4 days a round bale would be ruined and wasted. So far there is very little on the ground. My sheep seem to be happier too as they don't have to rummage and clean up at all. I will definitely be buying one more of these in the future.
Date: March 15, 2010
Deborah G
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Absolutely the best way to feed hay to sheep. I now own 3 and one of these has been in use for several years and you can't tell it from the one I bought last month (minus the dirt).
Date: February 7, 2010
Edward M
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Having purchased a large bale wire panel feeder in the past and since I am using 4ft dia bales I had an extra panel so this purchase was for my second round bale feeder for sheep. This type of feeder provides an easy "pay-back in hay savings. The convenience and simplicity of these feeders is just what I needed. I would recommend them to any sheep breeder to reduce waste and labor.