The original Hayhut is the most robust, durable, UV stabilized covered hay feeder on the market. Made of polyethylene, it cannot rust or corrode and does not require any maintenance unlike the majority of metal feeders.
It is interesting to note how well these units stop ‘big bale bickering’ and also how they bring a strong air of calmness and contentedness across the ranch. With each bale of hay protected from the elements, the horses all know that they have a constant source of fresh forage which tremendously improves their table manners.
When the hayhut is used with a pallet under the hay and the optional hay net, it is the most waste-free feeder on the market making the most of your feeding dollars paying for itself within 1 season.
DIMENSIONS – 84″ deep x 72″ wide x 76″ high
WEIGHT – 220 lbs
MATERIAL – high-density polyethylene for strength and flexibility.
COLOR – Forest Green
A TECHNICAL STUDY.
In what was probably the biggest and most comprehensive scientific trial of horse hay feeders ever carried out in the USA, The University of Minnesota assessed the hay saving performance of nine different types of round bale hay feeders when measured against an unprotected round roll of hay.
All hay rolls and horses were weighed to ensure the accuracy of data, and the feeders were located in identical paddocks with five similar groups of horses feeding on each feeder in the first tranche followed by the remaining four feeders. Each group of horses was rotated through all of the feeders.
The unprotected hay roll suffered a 60% loss rate and this is the benchmark figure that data such as Return on Investment will be based on. The annual cost of wasted hay exceeded $2,400 and the annual cost of manure removal was estimated at $246; based on hay costing $100/ton.
Interim results show that the nine feeders had loss rates between 6 and 35%. Specifically, the Hayhut resulted in 9% wasted hay, by adding a pallet under the hay and installing the optional hay net will significantly reduce this percentage to close to 0.
Four feeders, including the base Hayhut unit, were assessed at approximately 10%, hay waste. Based on the price of the Hayhut, 60% hay waste without a feeder, and hay priced at $100/ton, the Hayhut would pay for itself in less than 4 months.