Winter feeding time might be the perfect time to think of how you could reduce input costs and hay feeding losses. The management of the input costs is the key business concern and may mean the difference between the operational profits or loss.
Winter feed also represents the biggest single cost on cow and calf operation. Thus, when searching for ways to reduce the production cost, it’s essential to take a hard look at the costs of winter feed, particularly when hay sells in $150 to $250 per ton range.
In terms of hay waste, you should use the right kind of bale feeder as it can make a huge difference with the money you can save.
When considering purchasing a bale feeder, experts have some suggestions about the design of hay feeder that could help you reduce the feed losses.
One of these is to give enough distance between the feeder’s outside and the feed. The feeders that allow cows to keep their heads within the perimeter of the feeder comfortably minimize the costs of feed. You must also give comfortable feeding height to your cows. Some cows want to eat with their ears lower than their shoulders’ top, which is similar on how they eat grazing.
If you are planning to add or replace your bale feeder, you must always take for consideration of its design before buying one. However, if you don’t have the budget and want to make a bale feeder on your own, it’s never impossible.
In fact, you can create an indestructible bale feeder using your old tires. If you’re not using old tires, you can use them to make a low-cost round bale feeder. It stands up well to horses and cows. Aside from that, it will surely last for a lifetime. Just follow the instructions provided from Farm Show below.
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.
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