Big Bale Feeder
Great way to feed round and square bales while reducing wasted hay. It pays for itself in 1 year!
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 connector hinges, 2 snap 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!
- 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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Robert B from Virginia
Best feeder on the market.
Doni P from North Carolina
Big Bale Feeder - It has only been 2 weeks but so far I love this hay feeder! There is very, very little waste and It has 6 sides that allows many goats to eat at the same time. It appears to be made very strong. I almost made a DIY using cattle panels but now I am glad I didn't! The materials in the Big Bale Feeder are far superior to cattle panels. I am covering it with re-purposed thick vinyl (store signs) to keep the hay dry which is also working very well. I wish I would have gotten this feeder years ago. It saves a LOT of time by eliminating the need to refill our other hay feeders every day.
Spending the extra few dollars to get the spiral hinges was a very good decision. They install so easy and keep the panels firmly attached to one another. I definitely recommend this feeder!
Ernest F from Ohio
Had barn fire, lost everything, went from sq bales to lg round bales, this is great panels for the lg round bales for sheep. Have very little waste. Would recommend them for use with round bales.
Anthony M from Iowa
Welds are very weak, they start breaking after one year. After two years most of the panels are mangled and destroyed. My sheep try to eat grass through 20 year old cattle panels, and yet these panels can't last more than two winters. Junk.
Sarah H from Colorado
I just purchased my second round bale feeder. It has reduced my work load immensely and utilizes the hay much better than throwing it into a feed bunk. It is incredibly easy to set up, move, refill. I love it. The reason I bought a second one was to use it in a different pen so that both groups can now free feed.