What To Look For In A Livestock Feeder

When a farmer or rancher invests in a livestock feeder it is important to find a feeder that meets all of their needs. Farmers and ranchers need to take into account the number of heads that have to be fed at one time, the type of feed that is being used and where the livestock is going to be fed. Customers looking for a livestock feeder should keep the following features in mind when they are shopping.

Portability

If the livestock is not located in a central place, the livestock feeder needs to be easy to transport from one place to another. High quality feeders have several options that can make moving the feeder easy. Feeders that are on wheels are obviously the easiest to move around; however, there are other factors to consider. Feeders that have adjustable tongues allow farmers and ranchers to get into tight places and attach the feeder from a number of different angles. This makes moving the feeder extremely easy.

Internal Size

Farmers and ranchers in different parts of the country have access to different sized and shaped bales of hay. A single wide feeder is best used for square bales or loose hay. If the livestock owner does not have access to a source of square baled hay, they will have a hard time using a single wide feeder. For farmers and ranchers that use primarily rounded bales, a double wide feeder solution is the best option. The extra width means that the rounded bales will fit right in, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes to feed livestock.

Feed Maximization

Feed costs are some of the highest costs for raising livestock. A farmer or rancher that uses a feeder that helps maximize the amount of feed getting to the livestock will be able to reduce their feed costs, thus increasing profits. One of the ways that a feeder can help with feed costs is by reducing the amount of water in the feed. A simple drain pan helps keep feed dry and free of mold. Another way that feeders can limit feed costs is by reducing the amount of feed that accumulates in the bottom of the feeder. Slanted sides help keep the levels of feed high enough for livestock to eat and reduces the amount of feed that is wasted through accumulation of garbage in the bottom of the feeder.

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Farmers and ranchers that are in the market for a livestock feeder need to look for feeders that have the above mentioned features. By finding a high quality feeder with those features, farmers and ranchers will be able to use a feeder that meets their needs and can help to limit the amount of feed that is wasted.

Livestock feeders come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet different feeding needs.

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