Bale feeders Range cattle ranchers have found that, when bales are left on the ground, they wick up moisture that leads to spoilage or become frozen and the cattle trample hay into the dirt and mix it with wastes.

Two manufacturers have come up with better and more efficient ways of feeding hay. Rem Manufacturing of Saskatchewan introduces a remake of its Delta 3200 Bale Max that turns large round and square bales into a windrow in a matter of minutes. It has a self-loading fork to lift bales into the bucket where a hydraulically driven feeder chain feeds the bale into a flail shredder.

"The chopper is completely adjustable," says company spokesperson Merrill Crees. "This remake helps ranchers reduce feeding costs while maximizing feed accessibility. It is the result of our listening to our farmers who wanted the controls on the right side where they could see them and also watch the drive-through, bulk feeder."

A tractor with a minimum of 85 hp is needed to run the Delta 3200. It can handle two 6-ft. round bales or one large square bale. Contact Rem Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 1207, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada S9H 3X4, 800/667-7420 or circle 205.

ProAg Designs of Belgrade, MT, designed its Roll Out bale feeder to gently unroll a bale rather than use a chopper to retain as much leaf mass as possible.

This unit also has a hydraulic loader at the rear that lifts the bale onto six large-diameter rollers that are connected to a carriage to form a V-shape. An orbit motor turns the rollers simultaneously in the same direction. This mechanism rotates the bale in the cradle as the spikes on the rollers peel away the outer layers. The hay is then fed to the outside of the cradle and onto the ground. No chains, slats or knives touch the bale, which minimizes damage to the dried hay.

The ProAg machine handles all sizes of round bales with either a hard or soft core. Contact ProAg Design, Dept. FIN, 1700 Amsterdam Rd., Belgrade, MT 59714, 406/388-7799, www.proag designs.com or circle 206.