Big Bale Buddy
The Big Bale Buddy is a new concept in round bale feeders. It is available in three sizes, the small fits bales 4 feet to 4 feet 4 inches, the large fits bales 4 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 2 inches and the Extra Large fits bale from 5 feet 3 inches up to six feet. The Big Bale Buddy works best if it fits snugly, so please make sure you order the appropriate size for your bales. It is designed to fit snugly around the hay bale, only allowing access from the top, keeping your hay contained until your livestock eat it. Weighing less than five pounds, it is lightweight and easy to carry.
The bag is constructed of heavy-duty, 1500 denier polypropylene, woven so that air and water can easily pass through. Polypropylene (the toughest plastic made) is a naturally rot and stain resistant material and the 1200 hours (2 years) of integral UV protection keep it from breaking down when exposed to the suns harmful rays. All seams are double sewn with UV treated polypropylene thread and the elastic in the top is sewn to the bag all the way around and then folded and sewn twice more so that it cannot come loose and become a hazard to your animals.
As the animals eat the hay, the bag slowly collapses, catching all the high nutrition chaff and making it available for your livestock to eat. At the affordable price of $109.95-$129.95, it will quickly pay for itself and keep on working to save you money.
When not in use, the Big Bale buddy should be shaken clean and then folded/rolled and stored in the convenient storage case provided. If desired, it can be wiped clean with a damp sponge or washed off with a garden hose and hung to dry. Any wet dirt or manure that sticks to the Big Bale Buddy will simply fall off when it dries or will fall off after a few shakes.
How to use
Roll or transport your round bale to where you want to feed it. Stand the bale on a flat end. Remove the string or binding. Hook the elastic opening on one side of the top of the bale and then continue around, hooking it over and tugging it down towards the ground until the Big Bale Buddy completely covers the hay bale like a hat. Now flip the round bale over until it is standing on its other end. Pull the elastic opening up and over the edge all the way around. Your round bale is now ready to feed.
If you use a tractor with forks or a spike the Big Bale Buddy can be put on the bale while it is raised for transport.
Alternatively you can put the Big Bale Buddy on your round bale before moving it to your feeding site.
If you are feeding smaller animals or wish to provide more access to the bale, fold down the upper edge of the bag so that the elastic grips the sides of the bale and the upper edge is exposed.
As the animals eat the hay the bag collapses around it keeping it contained with very minimal wastage. As it nears the end of the bale the animals quickly learn to push the soft folds of polypropylene around with their noses to get the last little bits of hay. When it is empty and ready to re-use, if there is any dirt or manure stuck to it (polypropylene is naturally slippery and repels dirt) pick it up by one edge and give it a few firm shakes to remove.
SLOW BALE BUDDY
(Large Slow Bale Buddy being used to feed a large rectangular bale.)
The Slow Bale Buddy is a small mesh hay net designed to allow your horses to safely graze while eliminating hay waste. It is made from knotless nylon netting with 1 /12 in openings. It is strong enough to withstand the constant onslaught of hooves and teeth while being soft enough that it will not abrade your horses delicate lips and gums. It is available in 4 sizes to accommodate large and small round and square bales of any size and comes with a one year replacement warranty if more than 16 strands of netting are broken in the first year.
The special patented safety closure securely fastens the netting so that the the horses must pull the hay through the netting to eat it, while ensuring that there are no loops or drawstrings that may compromise your horse's safety. It has the added benefit of making the feeder size adjustable if required.
The side and bottom seams are bound with double serged, polypropylene twine and then reinforced with double sewn nylon binding for strength. The top opening is bound with green polypropylene for visual ease when putting the netting on the bale, and the center bottom is also marked with green polypropylene so that the netting is easy to center when putting it on the bale.
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