Save Money & Keep Your Animals Healthier
While most savvy farmers know that ground feeding is an outdated method, some still hold onto this old tradition—and that’s a bad thing. Some classic farming traditions have unfortunately stuck around.
Still common among both cow farmers and equine enthusiasts, ground feeding is actually counterproductive, as it wastes hay (and money) and exposes both types of animals to entirely preventable parasites.
At Farmco, we build the world’s best cow and horse feeders, so we know the difference a sturdy feeder can make for your herd. It’s one of our missions to educate all types of farmers about the waste and the danger caused by ground feeding hay to your animals.
There isn’t just one answer for this question. From what we’ve heard talking to real farmers, it comes down to four things:
Some farmers say that ground feeding is the most natural way to feed animals. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean it’s the best way.
Here are the most common ways we see ground feeding waste hay:
As a 21st century farmer — whether it’s your job or hobby — you need to find ways to save money wherever possible. Hay and other feed isn’t cheap. This is no place to let superstitions and old habits undercut your bottom line.
Numerous agricultural studies show that ground feeding wastes approximately 50% of feed placed on the ground. That 50% holds true for both horses and cattle.
Essentially, you need to buy 2 bales for every 1 bale you feed to your herd or your horses. That wasted hay (and money) adds up.
Need some good news? Our top-of-the-line feeders are specifically designed to prevent feed waste.
Round Hay Bale Horse Feeder
The slow feed net panels keeps your horses from overeating — and from pulling their food out and destroying it. This feeder is designed to allow your horses to consume an optimal 1 lb to 1.5lbs of hay per hour.
Bale Ring Cattle Feeder
This solid round bale feeder eliminates the need for ground feeding. Simply place your hay bale in the feeder and secure it in place.
One other way that ground feeding nickel and dimes the average farmer is through the added exposure to parasites. Ground feeding increases the risk of internal parasites for both horses and cows.
When animals eat directly off the ground, they are at risk to consume parasite larva or eggs along with their feed. Young calves in particular are susceptible to parasites.
Consistently having to deworm your horses or your herd is an added expense — the more animals you have, the more expensive it becomes.
Ground feeding is an outdated practice that will waste your money every year until you make an upgrade.
While nearly ANY feeder on the market is an improvement over ground feeding, you want to make a good investment and get your money’s worth. Not only does Farmco build the sturdiest feeders on the market, we build the smartest feeders specifically designed to prevent feed waste.
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