FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Grain Feeders

How many stock per feeder?

This depends on 2 main factors: 1) the size of the stock, and 2) how much feed the stock are getting from the feeders. As an indication, 250 mature sheep or goats can be placed on each feeder when supplement feeding 50% or less of their diet. If the stock are getting a full ration from the feeders, they need to spend more time at the feeder consuming and the numbers should be reduced to 150 sheep or goats.

How do I ration the feed?

The feeders have an advanced adjustment system which involves 2 movable adjusters that slide perpendicular to each other. The feed falls into an area between these 2 adjusters. To increase the ration the height and width of the feed is increased. Incremental volume scales inside the feeder allows for assessment of feed outflow and whether the setting of the adjusters needs to be changed for desired outflow. From the experience of our trials and the feedback from our customers, we have developed a spreadsheet for different rations at different settings. This can be obtained upon purchase of these feeders.

Can the feeders be used for feed lotting?

Many customers are using these grain feeders in feedlots. Even though they are saliva restriction feeders, the adjusters can be easily set to a full ration. The restriction system can initially have a useful purpose in the feedlot because it can be used to precondition sheep on a high starch base diet.

How much feed can be put in the feeder?

3.2 cubic metres. This equates to about 2.5 tonne of wheat, 2 tonne of barley, tritacle or pellets or 1.6 tonne of oats.

How are the feeders held together?

The main joining components are the 200 tec screws and 40 bolts however, the silicon between all the parts provide most of the strength and dampens vibration. All the holes for the tec screws are pre punched so it is only a matter of lining up the holes and feeding the tec screws in.

What is the feeder made out of?

All the panels are made from galvanised steel. The bolts fastened the adjusters are made from stainless steel so they will not rust.

Is it strong enough for the roughness of cattle?

The cattle grain feeder has extra reinforcing in skids, rain protection and trough areas to increase its strength to a suitable level. The hopper of the feeder is also fastened an extra 300mm off the ground so cattle can easily access the trough.

What is the trough length?

Each trough is 2.38m so each feeder has 4.76m of trough length.

How are the feeders filled?

This varies due to: 1) what equipment is available on farm, and 2) what feed is put in them. These feeders can easily be filled with 5in1 bins, groupers, trail feeders with a pencil auger, chaser bins, towable multi-bins, bulka-bags, FEL buckets, etc.

Is shy-feeding stock a problem?

The largest contributor to shy feeding is the number of stock per feeder. For instance, if there were 100 lambs per feeder in a feed lot situation, shy feeding would be of no or very little concern. If the number of lambs were to increase to 200 in the same situation some shy feeders are likely to emerge. Advantage Feeders has developed a system to identify shy feeders by mixing blue food dye with the feed. Please email us to ask for a free fact sheet if you would like to read more.

How does the lid open?

The lid is offset and has a handle on one side so it can be pulled back until it rests against 2 stops. The lid is fastened shut by a 5mm chain and a quick link for convenience. The feeder is completely water proof.

How long do they take to put together?

The sheep grain feeders take between 90-150 minutes depending on experience and effort. For someone who has never assembled one before, they generally take 180-240 minutes.

Tray Hay Feeder

How many stock per feeder?

30 cattle or 100 alpacas.

How is the Tray Hay Feeders joined together?

The Tray Hay Feeder Single flat packs into 4 main panels 2 tray sheets, 2 tray ends and some skid reinforcing. The panels are joined together with 8 bolts and the tray and reinforcing is joined to the frame by tec screws.

Does the hay fall into the trough?

Yes. The hay that cattle pull out from behind the bars or falls out of their mouth lands in the troughs.

Are they easy to move?

They can be easily skidded from position to position. Alternatively, they can be picked up and moved while full of hay or silage or picked up by hand and put in a ute or trailer when empty.

Are they strong enough for cattle?

The frame is supported by gussets to handle the rough treatment from cattle.

What is the width of the bars?

The bars have a 300mm gap between each upright.

How long to put together?

30-45 minutes.

Cradle Hay Feeders

How many stock per feeder?

250 sheep or goats and 50 Cattle

How do you load them?

There are several different ways to load them due to the roll loading method (link to advantages page)

What is in the bottom of the Cradle Hay Feeders?

A galvanised sheet. This prevents the hay from falling on the ground and deteriorating from any mud.

How is the Cradle Hay Feeders joined together?

The single round roll Cradle Hay Feeder flat packs into 4 panels and the floot sheet. The panels are joined together with 8 bolts and the floor is joined to the side panels by tec screws.

Can sheep access the whole bale?

Yes. Even 3 month old lambs can reach in to the middle of the floor to finish off bales.

Are they easy to move?

They can be easily skidded from position to position. Alternatively, they can be picked up and moved while full of hay or silage or picked up by hand and put in a ute or trailer when empty.

Are they strong enough for cattle?

About half of these Cradle Hay Feeders are sold to farmers with cattle. We have yet to hear of any feeders that have bent.

What is the width of the bars?

The bars have a 200mm gap between each upright. This is to prevent sheep and goats from getting in between the bars.

How long to put together?

15-30 minutes for the single round roll model and 30-50 minutes for the large square/ double round roll feeder.

Sliding Gates Hay Feeder

How many stock per feeder?

250 sheep or goats and 50 Cattle

What bales can be used in the Sliding Gates Hay Feeder?

All sizes of square bales, including 4' x 4', can be used. The length of inside the feeder is 2540mm so bales slightly over 8' still fit in. The roof is 1500mm high at its peak which means the feeder can also fit over a 5' foot round bale up to 4' wide. It can also contain two 4' x 4' round bales which makes it ideal for using with silage.

How are bales loaded into the Sliding Gates Hay Feeder?

There are 2 options. 1) the feeder can be picked up by hay forks of a FEL through the Lifting Hook on the roof and placed over a bale. Note: it is best to remove the Sliding Gates for this operation. 2) One of the Containment Sheets and one of the Sliding Gates can be removed and the bale placed in from the side of the feeder. This option will only take a minute or two longer than option 1.

How do the sliding gates operate?

The ends of the gates slide in between two square hollow tubes. As the stock eat the hay, they push the gates in and they remain in place because the groves are on a slope which means that gravity will prevent them from coming back. This prevents the hay from being dispersed and wasted.

How is the Sliding Gates Hay Feeders joined together?

The main joining system involves a square hollow section sleeveing into larger square hollow section and fastening with tek screws. The containing sheets fasten and are detachable by a lynch pin.

What is the benefit of the containing sheets
at the bottom of each side of the feeders?

These prevent the stock from pulling the hay out from under the sliding gates. These contribute significantly to the overall waste saving ability of these feeders.

Can sheep access the whole bale?

Yes. The gates slide in as the stock eat the hay/straw. The height of the bale is 1.2m off the ground if the bale is a 4x4. This means that stock from 3 months of age can reach the top of the bales.

Are they easy to move?

Yes. They can be picked up by hay forks of a FEL through the Lifting Hook on the roof. Alternatively, they can be picked up by hand and put in a ute or trailer when empty.

What is the width of the bars?

There is a 200mm gap between each upright bar. This is to prevent cattle from getting their heads behind the bars.

How long to put together?

30-60 minutes.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.