Thanks for the tips. The round bale would be for just my two boys. They may be short but they can eat! Would you think a 12.1 hh pony could reach the top of the bale if it were right side up? I thought you were supposed to take the netting off? XD See, I don't know anything! Posted via Mobile Device
Normal people do take the netting off because it's believed that it can cause botulism, but I just can't afford to un-net it around here. The wind usually blows so bad that if I take the net off, half the bale ends up scattered across the neighbor's field, even if it's in a feeder.
BUT, most reports I've seen regarding botulism was in round bales contained like this, with the solid plastic wrap. That contains the moisture and limits the oxygen and allows the hay to ferment. Or, if there is a small animal carcass in there, voila, you've got botulism.
But the bales I get are wrapped with netting like this or in the twine, both of which allow air movement.
I always cut the netting off when feeding horses. I don't want it in my pastures.
I also stand them right side up. I don't use a roundbale feeder and only put another one out when they clean the first one up.
Round bales are good if you have the livestock on pasture and have more than 2-3 animals.
You can also peel that round bale and feed it like baled hay to avoid waste.
I use one for the stallions and it last me nearly a month.
When hay gets scarce make sure you buy this years cutting. Shalom
My bales had a plastic twine wrapped around them, no netting. I cut it off, and threw it away, like DBA, didn't want it in the pasture. One of the area people have put their round bales in the plastic. My dad was telling me about the, $50 a bale, which is reasonable for around here, but I'm afraid of the plastic. To me, I would think it would keep any moisture in, to make it mold, but if people are having botulism problems with it, I for sure won't buy it!
Nuisance from what I gather if the hay is cured properly before baling there is no issues with botulism.
The little waste per bale from not wrapping it completely though is not enough to worry about.
Besides that part acts like compost and fertilizes the area since I spread my bales out. Shalom
I buy a years worth (52 round bales) of coastal bermuda (sometimes mixed with winter rye) at a time. The bales are 1300lbs and are tested to yield 12% protein on average. I use a skid steer on tracks with a hay spike and feed it to my horses in a round bale feeder made for horses, not cows. I have four adult horses and they clean one up (every morsel) in one week. Even if it gets rained on after we put it out, they will eat it before it molds. Ours comes in netting and we take the netting off. We get our hay right out of the pasture as it is baled, or after he bales it and brings it in and stores it in a huge barn so either way, we buy it before it gets rained on and we take it home and put it under the sheds to keep it dry and out of direct sunlight/weather. I've been feeding this way for years - it works for us.
I tried one of those fancy, lightweight, heavy black PVC pipe cattle round bale feeders. One would have thought it was a great idea b/c it was so light weight and open and the horses could eat out of it at every angle. No bueno. They liked to put their heads between the pvc rails to eat and after about 30 days, had rubbed their entire manes out from the friction. So now I have this really nice, new cattle feeder (cost me $200) sitting in the back untouched.
Anyone want to buy a nice cattle round feeder? I can make you a great deal.
Round bale feeders freak me out, especially the pipe ones. I would be scared my horse would get his head stuck in it, spook, and snap his neck. I'd much rather use a hay net, one that they couldn't get their feet stuck in. I don't think round bales are feasible for us, though. I think just the hay bags and square bales are the way we have to go. 25 pounds of hay split into three hay bags will last my two around 12 hours.
My friends, just have the round bale feeders for cattle. Every one of their horses has an area of no mane where they've rubbed it off! But they're half the price as horse ones. I don't understand why. Not any more pipe, probably even less. I guess because us silly horse people will buy them huh?!