Do I need a hay ring? YES!!! Everyone has done the research that shows you will lose as much as 55% of the round bale with out doing any type of containment on it. I watched and / or read about one that lost as little as 5% +/- with this fancy high dollar hay feeder. I’m not gonna reinvent the wheel here, but some math needs to be put out there I believe.
Just a plain hay ring cuts this drastically and if you put something on the inside bottom to catch the hay (like we show you in the video) I would guess you are losing less than 25% now. You could also buy one that already has a catch or containment solid ring around the bottom.
Here is a scenario that is similar to what we look at here on our little farm every year.
30 round bales X $50 ea. = $1,500
If you loose 50% that is 15 bales or $750 just wasted. Gone. Bye-Bye. Hay ring 25% or less. Now you are only losing 7.5 bales or $375.
In the scenario above we could say you are losing, but honestly you are GAINING 7.5 bales or saving $375. Now we can buy approximately 23 bales instead of 30 or have 7 extra bales hopefully by the end of hay season. Just by investing one time in a simple hay ring we have cut our yearly cost of hay by over $300. Having a basic hay ring will pay for itself in the first year in most cases and in ours it will pay for itself twice in the first year.
Now it gets better. What about your time, fuel, transportation, etc for feeding those 7.5 bales. Now you don’t have that cost either. You now have easily saved over $400 when considering the above scenario.
San Antonio Parade. San Antonio Western Heritage and Cattle Drive.
Every year before the rodeo in San Antonio, Texas there is a parade. Lots of wagons, horses, and a real life cattle drive. We decided to get our chores done a bit early. Then took the family once again on a little Texas Adventure.
The cattle drive consisted of horses, sheep, wagons, and Long Horns that had some serious clown stabbers. There was about a half a dozen Longhorns saddled up with their riders on board. These cowpokes rode the bovine all the way through the San Antonio parade.
The San Antonio parade started around the Santa Rosa Hospital area and stretched all the way down Houston street where it finished at the ALAMO!!! There was a slight detour this year due to construction, but this did not stop the main event of them longhorns coming through downtown.
Parade of course was free, but the best part was the free biscuits and gravy. Rather than fast food it came off the chuck wagons set up out in front of the ALAMO. Great way to get everyone in the rodeo spirit. There was vendors that served free juice, milk, coffee, water and most of all activities for the kids.
Just don’t understand why people travel to other countries much less outside the Great United State of TEXAS to have fun and relax when we have it all right here. Ocean, mountains, islands, forest, desert, prairie etc. all in one state. No need to go crazy when most places of adventure are just a short drive away.
Here comes most of the herd. Some slow pokes didnt make the video. We enjoy watching the cows as much as the rest of the animals we have here on the farm. Our herd is grass fed and gets left over produce just like the rest of the animals. We try to make sure all of our animals live a peaceful life. Our herd is a mix of hereford, brahman, brindle or tiger stripe, pinch of longhorn (we are in TEXAS you gotta have at least a pinch of longhorn), jersey, holstein, but most of all black brangus and black angus.