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.
Wanted to share a video feeding our livestock produce. We give this to cows, chickens, pigs, etc. This is almost 100% all natural organic.
Does this mean we have almost all natural organic livestock?
I’m not sure if we do or not, but we are probably as close as possible. We have an agreement with a store that we will pick up what they believe cannot be sold or the consumer won’t buy. We have been doing this for years!!! I highly recommend finding yourself a place of this nature. As you can see from the video below the animals just love it. We believe in trying to make our animals be the closest they can to organic livestock. Their nutrition value has sky rocketed. It’s really amazing seeing how shiny their coats, fur, etc is. If this stuff was considered garbage I really couldn’t tell you what is the bigger garbage disposal. The cow or the pig. Although each species seem to have slightly different preferences they both will still eat everything put in front of them. I’m talking from pineapples to bananas to cabbage to carrots. It is truly awesome. We are also helping our contact stay green by them not throwing this precious organic livestock feed in the trash.
Also we need to keep in mind what people feed their produce as much as what they feed their animals. If their feeding all kinds of pesticides, fertilizer, etc. to the produce then it’s in you and anything else that consumes it. These are some things we all need to consider when buying at the local grocery store and in our experience the best is what you grow or buy from a small farmer.
When doing this it is a enter at your own risk type deal.
We decided the pigs needed a feed trough of some sort. After gathering some cedar fence pickets and squaring off the dog eared ends with a skill saw. We got out a trim gun and nailed them together. There was no plans or thought put in to it. It was just thrown together. Now from here we can see what we like or dont like for the next one we build. We will see how our prototype works before we build another or change the design.
One of the ways we get feed for our animals is to pick up left over produce or what some call compost. There is always all kind of goodies for the animals. We feed this to all of our animals, but do have to be careful depending on what we are giving to which animal. This is a great way to cut feed cost, mingle with great people, spread the word about local farming, and just get a quick break from the farm.
Full load of goodies for the animals. The hog will be eating high on the hog tonight.
Loading the goodies in the tractor to distribute to all the animals. Our tractor has to be on of the most useful tools we have. Its like having 20 more people working for us. The Mahindra 4wd 4025 model is what we have and we love it.
We always have to be thankful for our kids because they always lend us a helping hand. Kids love animals and what better reward for them, but to spend time feeding and watering animals. there is always entertainment watching the chickens peck.
Here is a few of our AGH piggies chowin down on the wholesome goodies. These guys are so easy goin. They love these wonderful treats they get a few times a week.