Dickinson Research Extension Center
Effect of Hay Feeding Methods on Cow Performance, Hay Waste, and Wintering Cost
A conventional method of rolling bales was compared to feeding in a tapered-cone bale feeder. The tapered-cone bale feeder reduced waste, decreased the amount of hay required per cow and cost per cow. Increasing ending weight, increased back-fat depth, increased body condition score at a decreased use of hay consumption.
Michigan State University
Hay Feeder Design Can Spare Nutrients and Lower Feed Costs
This study revealed that design features are important in reducing the amount of hay waste associated with feeding in round-bale feeders.
- 3.5% waste with cone
- 6.1% waste with ring
- 11.4% waste with trailer
- 14.6% waste with cradle