Big Bale Feeder
Great way to feed round and square bales while reducing wasted hay. It pays for itself in 1 year!
Note: We are now selling Big Bale panels, hinges and snap clips individually. This way you can design according to your situation or need.
How many panels, hinges and clips you will need? See "Customization" below.
- 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 round or square bale sizes.
- Not for use with cattle, horses or horned animals.
- Ships to you by UPS™/Spee-Dee™.
- Most need 5–7 panels.
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 downloadable instructions above.
- Don’t use them for cattle or horses. Horned sheep or goats won’t damage the feeder but they may get their heads caught.
- Don’t lift the feeder with the tractor loader. This puts unnecessary stress on the welds.
- Don’t let panels freeze to the ground.
- 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.
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Bonnie F from Wisconsin
These are absolutely the best feeders ever. I have 5 of them. They save so much hay. I'll never use anything else.
Gary F from New York
I have purchased a number of feeder panels over the past decade. I have been satisfied with the feeders; however, the quality of those purchased recently has declined. In one case one wire actually broke. More common on recent purchases are the ends of wires extending beyond the wire they are welded to causing a safety hazard.
C.J. W from Maine
We have used these big bale panels for the past few years to feed hay free choice to our flock of Romney sheep. We use them in a line of Premier's single-sided feeders to spread out hay or when feeding grain. We use just four panels and have the fifth side open to barn floor, so we can roll in a new round bale as needed. Screw eyes and 1/2" rebar posts hold the bale panels to the wood feeders, which comes apart easily to reconfigure.
D&B T from Michigan
I love it and the sheep love it! Plan on ordering another one.
Melissa S from Montana
Just set this up and with 30+ wind gusts today I can already appreciate how much easier it will make feeding round bales this winter. The panels are a lot heavier than I thought they would be- a plus. Delivery was super fast. Wish I’d started out with this feeder four years ago.