Big Bale Feeder
Great way to feed round and square bales while reducing wasted hay. It pays for itself in 1 year!
Improved for 2020! We’ve added a 3/8" reinforcement rod above and below the feeding holes for extra support against large, pushing rams or ewes.
Note: We sell wire panels, hinges and snap clips individually. This way you can design according to your situation or need. See “Customization” section below for more information.
Not for use with cattle, horses or horned animals.
How many panels, hinges and clips are needed for a round 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
- Hot-dip galvanized steel
- 48" tall x 40" long
- 4 - 8" x 12" eating holes with 1/4" reinforcement rods top and bottom
- 3/8" dia support rods (outer rods & 4 vertical internal rods)
- 1/4" dia rods elsewhere
- 4 head-holes per panel
Big Bale Feeder—10% wastage, $297 wasted hay.
Other feeders—25% wastage, $750 wasted hay.
The $453 difference pays for a Premier Big Bale Feeder feeder—in only 1 year!
- Improved for 2020! Reinforced, double rod eating holes for pushy rams and ewes
- Folds flat—easy to store and move
- Adult sheep can’t get inside it
- More durable than feeders made with cheap farmstore wire panels
- Adapts to most round or square bale sizes
- Ships FREE via Ground service when ordering more than one panel. Most need 5–7 panels.
Shepherd’s Choice™ Management TipDue to weather variability during the haying season, producers may be feeding poorer quality hay during the winter months. As a result, late gestation and lactating ewes will need more protein in the grain mix. One can use soybean, dry distillers grains or corn gluten feed. The hay may also have less energy per pound—grain feeding levels may need to be increased by a half- to full-pound per day. Lastly, if your hay is mostly grass, consider feeding at least 1% limestone in the grain mix to improve calcium levels.
Looking for ration advice? We can help customize a feed ration for your situation.
How to Use
1. Panels are easy to carry and store
2. Joining panels with wire hinges
3. Adding a large round bale
4. Wrap panels around bale and close with snap clips
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:
- Don’t use them for cattle or horses.
- Don’t use them with horned sheep or goats. We have tried this and know that they may get their heads caught and die.
- Don’t place bales on their curved (rolling) side. Bales may mushroom and collapse upon a feeding ewe.
- 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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Linda G from North CArolina
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.
Kathleen L from Illinois
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.
ADAM L from Iowa
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.
Peter P from nh
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...!
Don D from MN
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.