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.
- 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 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.
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!
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.
- 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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Jeff G from Missouri
Do not use with goats that can get inside the feeder. We have had this feeder for 2 seasons now and it works fine with our adult goats, but we have had 2 broken legs and another 2 dead goats. Kids as young as 2 weeks can easily crawl into the feeder and if they try to jump up and over the side their hind legs can easily get caught in the panels. It is very disheartening to walk out and find dead goats hanging from the side of the hay feeder.
If young lambs and goat kids are climbing into the feeders, block off the lower access points. (This may restrict sheep and polled goat access.) To satisfy goats climbing desire, provide alternative climb friendly devices (such as spools).
David M from New York
The hay panels are very rugged and work very well. Well worth the price.
Gary J from Kansas
This is a very poorly constructed big bale feeder. This is my third review on this specific product, and as impressed as I thought I was at first, I am totally disappointed now. I've had big bale feeders that are blue, red, and three Premier galvanized feeders. The Premier feeders don't hold up, welds break, rods bend, sheep get into bale. Premier sells some good ear tags and that's good because you'll be needing ear tags replaced also with this feeder. We don't have large sheep, but this is the weakest, most poorly constructed feeder I've purchased. So, I've just purchased two new red feeders to replace these Premier feeders. My first "red" big bale feeder is now nearly six years old and used every single day, and not a single problem, broken weld, or bent rod. Premier claims that it pays for itself in one year and it's a good thing. .... because by year two you're either buying replacement panels or paying someone to weld them. Absolute junk. If you want a feeder to last, don't waste your hard earned money on these Premier feeders!!!!! Just saying. You get what you pay for. Buy quality!
Amy G from Montana
I just bought my second one because the first one did so well. So much less waste, my ewes don’t get in, or stuck in the feeder. The ease of putting it together is fantastic as well. As I grow my flock I will be adding more.
Robert B from Virginia
Best feeder on the market.