What timber for sheep feed trough?

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
I’m planning on making some sheep feeders I want to make the timbers of of similar stuff that goes on the skirting of cattle feed fence so I know the size but what type of wood should I ask the timber merchants for I want something that will last and won’t shrink too much to let meal out
 

Guiggs

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Location
Leicestershire
I’m planning on making some sheep feeders I want to make the timbers of of similar stuff that goes on the skirting of cattle feed fence so I know the size but what type of wood should I ask the timber merchants for I want something that will last and won’t shrink too much to let meal out
You'll either want a treated timber or rough sawn, depending on the merchant you're using they probably won't offer a choice of type, it will just be the size that dictates it.
It's usually pine.
If you want a hardwood type then you'll be looking at a significant price difference.
You might be able to get syberian pine, still a softwood but that bit more hardwaring due to being slower growing.
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
You'll either want a treated timber or rough sawn, depending on the merchant you're using they probably won't offer a choice of type, it will just be the size that dictates it.
It's usually pine.
If you want a hardwood type then you'll be looking at a significant price difference.
You might be able to get syberian pine, still a softwood but that bit more hardwaring due to being slower growing.
Thankyou. what Merchants would you try locally?
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
some 10" plastic water pipe will probably be just as cheap as decent timber, cut in half long ways and make some feet for them, it will long out last timber and be lighter to move about
Sorry should of been clearer they will have a steel frame and hold a loader bucket full at a time of tmr so we can have one hopper per yard of 60-70 ewes and put the loader bucket over the gates once a day and fill the hopper. Want the ewes to always have fresh food coming to them but lambs can’t get in the troughs is the idea
 

Bobthebuilder

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Mixed Farmer
Location
northumberland
Sorry should of been clearer they will have a steel frame and hold a loader bucket full at a time of tmr so we can have one hopper per yard of 60-70 ewes and put the loader bucket over the gates once a day and fill the hopper. Want the ewes to always have fresh food coming to them but lambs can’t get in the troughs is the idea
ah, in that case you want some 10mm stock board made from recycled plastic, comes in 8x4 sheets just like plywood, you can cut,drill,screw,nail,bolt it just like ply and it won't rot
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
ah, in that case you want some 10mm stock board made from recycled plastic, comes in 8x4 sheets just like plywood, you can cut,drill,screw,nail,bolt it just like ply and it won't rot
Yes the sides that would be good but maybe not solid enough on the floor to be lifter about with the tines
 

thorpe

Member
I’m planning on making some sheep feeders I want to make the timbers of of similar stuff that goes on the skirting of cattle feed fence so I know the size but what type of wood should I ask the timber merchants for I want something that will last and won’t shrink too much to let meal out
ask for what ever but itll still be sh!t!
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
Just buy metal troughs you can pressure wash them leave them outside throw them on the loader/in a trailer with out them falling to bits and they’ll last for ever

we gave up with wooden troughs years ago
Our tmr is mainly 30%dm silage it eats metal for fun we used to have bateman troughs on some feed fence for the sheep ate it through in no time galvanised as well. We’ve got some pretty old wooden troughs that are good as new think it’s red wood
 

Guiggs

Member
Location
Leicestershire
I’m planning on making some sheep feeders I want to make the timbers of of similar stuff that goes on the skirting of cattle feed fence so I know the size but what type of wood should I ask the timber merchants for I want something that will last and won’t shrink too much to let meal out
I usually use travis perkins as I get a bit of discount and if it's unusual sizes the would get it in from soar Valley timber, not had anything they don't stock for a while so not sure if they still use them but probably do.
Also worth trying the old Carson fletcher, gibbs and dandy now, they can saw stuff themselves so might be useful.
Timber prices have gone up a lot so try all the merchants In town if you don't like the price you're given.. Jewson and buildbase
 

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