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Which Livestock Feeder is Right for You?

Farms and ranches of all sizes need the right equipment for their livestock handling efforts. While products like wire fencing, welded mesh panels, and gates are all important elements for a farm or ranch, they should never overshadow equipment like livestock feeders. Whether you tend to horses, sheep, goats, cattle, chickens, or a combination of different animals, you will need to ensure that every member of your herd has easy access to food. Without proper access to food, your livestock’s health can be severely compromised and you could be left with significant medical expenses or financial loss. To ensure optimal feeding access, the experts at Edge Line Products have provided some information to help you determine which livestock feeder is right for you, your livestock, and other elements of your operation.

Learn how to choose the right livestock feeder.

4 Popular Types of Livestock Feeders

While all feeders serve the same purpose, certain units are a better choice for specific livestock. The following types of livestock feeders are commonly utilized by farms and ranches of all sizes:

1. Heavy-Duty Tombstone Feeder

With a solid base to prevent spillage, a 7’ diameter, and an open top to prevent livestock from getting stuck, heavy-duty tombstone feeders are ideal for feeding hay bales to horses and sheep, though they can also be used for other large or medium-sized livestock. Each unit is designed for easy setup as the 3 sections can be quickly connected, disassembled, and transported as needed. This allows for easy repositioning or for setting up a temporary feeding area if required.

2. Round Bale Horse Feeders

Round bale horse feeders are a popular choice for farms and agricultural operations that tend to large livestock. These livestock feeders are durable and pin together in 3 sections, making them easy to set up, take down, and reposition. The shape and size of round bale horse feeders work well in large livestock pens as they allow multiple animals to feed at once without issue.

3. Manger Feeders

Manger feeders can be effectively used in barns, stalls, or pens for livestock of various sizes, making them one of the most versatile feeders on the market. The relatively low price, durable construction, and practical design of manger feeders make them a great first feeder for new farmers or additional feeder for experienced hobby farmers.

4. Sheep and Goat Feeders

Most sheep and goat feeders are 4 feet long and have a grain tray bottom, though they are also available in other shapes and sizes if needed. Despite their name, sheep and goat feeders can be effectively utilized for many different types of small- and medium-sized livestock including pigs and chickens. This versatility makes them a popular choice for farms and ranches of all sizes.

To learn more about our selection of farm and ranch products or for assistance choosing the perfect solution for your operation, get in touch with the team at Edge Line Products. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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