Feeding systems that work well

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Agape Oaks, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Agape Oaks

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    I noticed that there's been lots of discussion about feeding systems. I've been thru several different types & am always looking for improvements :). Thought maybe we could post what works well for us & share ideas

    This year I had the man who built out my milk room build hay racks for me. They've worked so well & have cut waste by a lot. They're wooden with a cattle panel front & my goats put their heads thru to eat & only rarely pull any hay out. I now have hinged covers on them (the pictures were before they were covered). He built metal covers over the areas where the hay feeders are too so even if it's raining they can stand there & eat hay.

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    I have the feeder panels from Northeast gate company that I use for alfalfa pellets & also have my loose minerals in.Having mostly Nigerians, I did have to modify the panels, putting a cattle panel in front as I had does climb thru the feeder :) I used to use the PVC mineral feeders but I have goats who like to dig in the minerals wasting a lot of them. I got the panels thru northeast gate but they don't have a picture of the panel, so I found a picture on the 2nd website below.

    http://www.northeastgatemfg.com/
    http://www.lazyjvranch.com/goat_sheep_feeder_panels.html
     
  2. doublebowgoats

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    Nice. A covered eating place besides in the barn is nice for shade in the summer as well as for rain.
     

  3. Anita Martin

    Anita Martin Senior Member

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    Those are some nice pictures. I really need new hay feeders. I have to go cheap right now because I also need more gravel around my barn. Tomorrow I am setting out to build some feeders with what I have on hand. Well, I will if it stops raining. I dislike using power tools in the rain, plus I think it's unhealthy. (electrocution hazard and all)
    Anita
     
  4. Cotton Eyed Does

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    Anita, you need to get some sweet thing to give you some cordless power tools. DH gave me a whole set of cordless power tools a couple years ago for Christmas and that is the best present he ever gave me. I use those things all the time. They are SOO handy without having to have electricity and extension cords, etc. Every woman (like us) needs her own set of tools.
     
  5. Theresa

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    I soo agree with you Christine. I don't have my own set of tools and I am always hunting for DH's stuff. He never puts it back where it is suppose to be. My own set is on the want list.
    Theresa
     
  6. Cotton Eyed Does

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    Yup. exactly why I have my own stuff. If he "borrows" one of my cordless tools you can bet I make sure he puts it right back where it belongs. :) I have my hand tools in tool boxes. My hammers, tape measures, square, level, everything is in their boxes and I can go and put my hands on what I need immediately. I also have a selection of drill bits and saw blades and nails of various sizes, screws, etc. They are all in clear Instant Folger's coffee plastic jars. I can see through the jar to see exactly what size I need. I like my stuff organized too.

    My next thing on my want list of tools is my own T-Post driver. DH is forever leaving OUR driver over at the big field.
     
  7. Hubby sent me a link the other day (he's a trucker, who knows where he was at when he saw this LOL) Anyway.. he has decided that for our anniversary this spring I need one of these! (I have quite a bit of t-post driving in my near future. I'm wanting to redo some pens... someday, even divide the woods so the browse lasts longer... this thing is kind of pricey..(watched a video of it on youtube. Might take a bit of a learning curve/or the loss of a finger or two :nooo.) BUT.. if it would really work I'm all for it.. it would be seriously be the most romantic thing (and useful) that he ever bought me.. So?? before he's out the money. Anyone have one? good? bad?
    http://www.rohrermfg.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4lS10Y9VVU

    susie.. dreaming of t-posts in the ozarks :rofl
     
  8. Kaye White

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    LOL...T-Post driving around here is done with the bucket on the front end loader. The T-Post is held (by me) on the center metal brace of the bucket, DH lowers the bucket and it actually pushes the post in the ground. The bucket has to be level or the post can slide forward or backward.

    Now, all you that live in rocky places..forget it. It won't work, as the post hits a rock and bends. Don't ask how I know! But, we live in soft dirt, so it's not a big deal.

    We also have the manual driver, but to the store model DH welded a 3# weight...so it makes every down stroke count.

    LOL...my dream feeding system? is the neck tags with computer adjusted feeding. Ok, so I'm dreaming...but man what a time saver! :lol
    Kaye
     
  9. KingsCoGoatGuy

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    We built some nice hay feeders, they worked for the past 2 years... But now the does are wasting alot of the hay, so back to the drawing board. We got hit early with snow, so the barn did not get cleaned out in time and we are looking at some back breaking work this spring. The feeders work best when they are standing on 1 or 2 inches of bedding and not 8-10!!!!
    I dream of being as lucky as Vicki, we feed a round bale of hay/silage in less then 2 weeks now. Some are very large bales, some smaller... Anyone think 2 bales of silage is enough or to much for 12 goats? 2 bucks (almost Nubian 2 year old & May 2008 Boer buck.) 3 march doelings (2 Nubians left open, 1 bred Alpine.) 2 Boer does (3 & 4 year olds. Unsure if bred, should be due starting in April- May.) 1 bred dry yearling Nubian. 4 mature does (2- 2 year olds, 1 - 4 year old, & 1- 5 year old. All bred most due in Feburary.) So please tell me we arn't feeding to much. :) It is free as I go work in the summer for it, but putting up with my uncle isn't fun... Nuff said. :)
     
  10. stacy adams

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    I have a 10ft hay rack like the one Vicki made using utility panels instead of cattle panels. It will hold an entire bale of hay if not more, so I'm not having to fill it daily! yippi! It is inside the barn on one wall and can be challenging to fill if all the goats are in the barn and craving something to do, like knock me down. I have a pellet feeder on the other side that will hold about 100lbs of pellets that can be accessed on both sides. Will try to download some pics later.
    BTW I hate driving T-Posts!
     
  11. Kaye White

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    There's no such thing as too much hay fed. Too little, yes. They will eat what they need to keep warm.

    I put out alfalfa (4 flakes off of a 3'X8' square) every 2 days, plus a round bale every 7-8 days. But, there is a jersey cow helping out on the round bale + 9 milkers.
    There is considerable waste trying to feed goats round bales without a feeder. The cow will still eat the hay if the goats have walked on it...the goats will not.
    Kaye
     
  12. Ravens Haven

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    I feed round bales too to my adult does/kids, my DH bought a hay cradle that holds the bale off the ground, and I just modified it so the goats can't crawl in it, I used cattle panels and put a tarp over until DH can build a round roof on top. Goats can't eat too much hay.
     
  13. Kaye White

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    LOL...putting out the round bale here is quite comical. Hay spear on tractor~ I roll it about 4 rolls to take off the outside hay that's been exposed to the elements, then spear it and drop it in a hay feeder built about 2 1/2 feet off the ground, with stock panels welded to frame. The cow cleans up the good hay on the ground then is still able to eat the hay through the panel. It's V shaped so as they eat, the hay continues to drop further into the V. I pick it up and move it with the spear to a different location each time I put new hay in.

    Sounds a lot like your's Autumn. We have fabricated some for larger cow herds that are built on old cotton wagon frames to hold 4-5 rounds at a time. That way they can hook the tractor to them, pull them to the hay barn, load and take them back to the pastures. Less muddy areas around the feeders.
    Kaye