How far can a cow reach - feeder design ?

Hesstondriver

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Huntingdon
i need to make a bale feeder but cant decide on width.
bateman ring feeders are 7' in diameter, and ive not seen waste in the middle , but most square feeders are only 5'

if i made a feeder 9 x 6 would cows be able to reach ?
 

Nearly

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Location
North of York
Yes.
Square feeders can be put up against a gate or fence and used from one side.
I'd say 6ft for heifer / youngstock feeder, 7ft for adults, if access to both sides.
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
We have a couple of the bigger iae square feeders and cows can't quite clean 30mm chopped silage in the middle despite a pallet laid in the bottom. We're talking a triangle a foot tall and wide I guess. Width and height of the head space will have a big impact.
 

Hesstondriver

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Huntingdon
We have a couple of the bigger iae square feeders and cows can't quite clean 30mm chopped silage in the middle despite a pallet laid in the bottom. We're talking a triangle a foot tall and wide I guess. Width and height of the head space will have a big impact.
just looked on IAE and the biggest is 1940mm wide - just over 6'

looks like ill be going for 1750 wide as its exactly half a crashbarrier (y)
 

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