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Osborne Pig Feeder Fast Start Feature

Pig Feeders from Barn World

Barn Word has carried the industry-leading Osborne premium pig feeders and outdoor hog feeders for years now and leave it to them to set the bar high yet again with the introduction of the new Fast Start nursery-to-finishing feeder conversion feature.  This innovation allows the feeder to start out as pure gravity feeder for you young ones and will automatically convert to an on-demand feeder to eliminate food waste as they grow.  This saves money!

pig feeder

Gravity to On-demand Automatically!

Gravity Feeding

The new Fast Start feeder conversion feature allows the benefits of a straight gravity feed for when the pigs are too small to turn a wheel and operate an on-demand feeder.  While this young and small, they need a constant supply of feed for healthy weight gains and the gravity dispensing method the best for their needs.  It ensures they have enough feed into the trough at all times for free feeding.  As they eat, the new feed will fall directly in the trough and take it’s place.

All is well and good until they gain a little size and start scattering food out of the trough during their new rough and tumble manners.  As they grow into this larger size, it becomes necessary to feed them with an on-demand system to limit food and financial losses!

Converting from Gravity to Mechanical Dispensing

As your pigs get bigger, they begin creating what’s sometimes referred to as ‘play waste’.  Their more active and rowdy behavior can knock the feed right out of the trough were it gets trampled and wasted on the ground or floor.  It’s at this time, when their size and activity dictates that they need a more response type feeder that the Osborne Fast Start feature automatically kicks in.  It converts from an open gravity feeder to an on-demand only feeder.  As your large pigs feed, they will start bumping and pushing the paddle sweep that they couldn’t move before.  This activity turns the feed bar paddle through the trough and begins the conversion of the feeder to an on-demand only system.

As the sweep it moved around the trough, it beings to close the gravity feed holes used to freely dispense food.  As these holes are gradually closed shut, the feed can only be dispensed is when the paddle sweep is moved and the conversion is complete.   Food is only released when asked for which doesn’t allow for food to sit in the trough to be scattered or spoiled, helping to eliminate waste while still allowing your animals to eat whenever they need.  Best of all, as the paddle sweep travels through the trough, it cleans it at the same time!  Now you’re eliminating spoilage in the trough with the self-cleaning sweep paddles and dispensing feed only when called for.  Self-cleaning and feeding only when needed will keep your operation clean and as waste free as possible which increases your profits!!

A popular pig feeder for good reason

While being an industry leading manufacturer of pig and hog feeders in the United States, Osborne has again come up with a unique and AUTOMATIC feed-saving feature to make your operation run a bit more smoothly.    This new gravity to mechanical dispenser conversion, combined with the self-cleaning feature of the trough paddle sweep, makes these feeders some of the most popular in the industry.

Visit Barn World or call (720) 238-2190 and get the best livestock supplies to ensure your farm and ranch operation runs as smoothly and as profitable as possible.

Galvanized Bale Feeders!!

Barn World now offers Galvanized Round Bale Feeders

We are constantly looking for products that are of high quality, extremely tough and that stand up to abuse from all types of animals.  One of those that also offers extreme protection from a common problem, rust, is part of the Tarter brand.  With it’s unique design and extreme protection, the Galvanized Cradle Round Bale Feeder is going to be doing double-duty for a long time on your farm and ranch!

  

The Cradle Round Bale Feeder

Unique design: bALE FeeDER for BOTH horses and cattle

The unique cradle design makes the hay bale feeder very versatile as you can feed both horses and livestock from the same feeder.  You don’t need separate feeders for your cattle and equine, they can both use this feeder easily. Traditionally, you would want a closed top feeder for livestock and an open feeder for horses, but because the hay is elevated above the ground, you won’t need the barrier to keep your cattle out and your horses still have easy access.

Easy to load bale feeder

To make loading easy, one side has a completely removable end, or entry door for your bale.  Simply slide out the end piece that locks into place and the entire side of the feeder is open for easy loading.  See the video below for a quick overview.  With this unique system, the bale can be driven directly into the side of the feeder and safely set into place. No need to drop the bale in at an angle, or risk the feeder falling over or being bent when the bale falls in.  The removable panel makes the loading process simple and easy.  It really is the cleanest of the loading procedures out there.

Advantages of a Galvanized Hay Feeder

Although extremely rugged and designed for use outdoors with livestock, when galvanized, the protection level from the elements is taken a step further.  It offers the best defense possible from rust even when left in the harshest of conditions.  It’s always best to keep your feeders out of the mud and water, even when galvanized, but with that special finish, it’s as protected as you can get from water and rust so it won’t suffer the quick fate of rusting out that ruin so many traditional steel feeders.  To go the extra mile, there is even a clear coat applied as a final finish over the entire feeder!   There’s really nothing else you could do to provide more protection from the elements than what Tarter has done with this feeder.

Other Hay Bale Feeder Features

As pointed out earlier, the design is extremely easy to load through the removable end gate and the elevated bale is kept off the ground and away from rot-inducing moisture. You won’t need to lay your bale on a pallet or come up with some other ‘trick’ to keep your hay off the ground and fresh.  Simply set it in this feeder and you’re done!  This is what saves you money!

This design is also built on skids to aid in moving it around from pasture to pasture as needed.  It is constructed with a sturdy 1-3/4″ round steel tubing and weighs 108 pounds for easy management.

All around, this great design allows you to feed both horses and cows and when coupled with the galvanization, it is a long-lasting, sturdy, time and money saving feeder that will work well with all your animals!

Contact Barn World today (720) 238-2190 or at Sales@BarnWorld.com and we’ll be happy to forward a quote that includes shipping to your farm or ranch!

Cradle Round Bale Feeder Video

Cattle guards – farm and ranch livestock control

Cattle Guards for farm and ranch livestock control

Cattle guards have been the staple of livestock control on the farm and ranch for decades.  Gates were the workhorse of the farm, but the inconvenience to the user created the desire for something better; something that was automatic and didn’t require extra effort was needed for frequent access to grazing and high traffic areas.  At the other end of the use spectrum, it was important that it be effective in remote areas as well.  Typically these areas see infrequent traffic and use by people that may not related to the ranching operations and therefor not as responsible at latching gates behind them every time they accessed the area.  Realizing that flat-hoofed livestock animals (read cattle) needed flat surfaces for secure footing, the round-pipe cattle guard was born.

The problems with farm gates

The traditional metal swing-gate did a fine job of keeping livestock contained in pastures, but required some discipline from those using them.  The inconvenience of stopping equipment, climbing down to open a gate while fending off any curious livestock was more than just a pain in the neck to users. They would also need to drive through the gate while keeping animals at bay, only to stop again to ward them off and close the gate behind them, making sure it was securely latched.  When making several trips a day through a pasture, or relying on those that needed to cross, but can’t seem to remember how to secure the gate behind them, the installation and use of a cattle guard can be a huge time saver!  It also eliminates the possibility of an open gate to provide a more secure pasture for the herd. No more searching and rounding up escaped animals because someone left a gate open!

Gates require that everyone who uses them be responsible enough to make sure they are secured after being closed.  A lot of pastures are in remote areas and need to accessed by non-ranchers. Land access may be granted to companies that operate cell phone towers, oil wells or other facilities that require less than frequent maintenance by non-farm related personnel. The sporadic traffic by those not familiar with livestock, or maybe just more concerned with convenience than keeping animals contained, don’t always do the best job of keeping gates closed. Leaving them open after they enter a pasture because ‘there’s no cattle around’, only leads to animals sneaking out. With a cattle guard, there’s no more searching and rounding up escaped animals because someone left a gate open!

Cattle guards rely on two powerful deterrents:

The optical deterrent
To effectively keep cattle in the pasture or grazing area where they belong without the use of a gate, a strong deterrent needs to be present and the cattle guard relies on two. The first line of defense is the creation of a visible barrier. The round top-rails create shadows and a perception of depth that cows pick up on as treacherous. In fact, there are studies that show when presented with highly contrasting lines painted horizontally across a roadway, some cattle will be spooked enough not to cross. The optical barrier created by the shadows of the rounded rails, when coupled with the actual physical depth of the vaulted area beneath it, creates a strong disincentive for further exploration and will usually turn a cow before they even consider stepping on it.

The physical deterrent
When coupled with the visual perception of danger, the physical barrier of a Texas Gate usually creates an overwhelming urge to retreat. The most common guards are made with round top-pipe so that when a large, flat-hoofed animals steps on it, it creates such an unstable balancing condition for the animal, they instinctively realize it is unsafe footing and realize it is an insurmountable obstruction. They will turn away before putting any real weight on their first ‘test hoof’ and be strongly persuaded to never go near it again.

The dangers and shortcomings of cattle guards

Horses:  With the convenience of using these round pipe crossings as effective barriers, there are also dangers present for other animals. The gaps between the top-pipes are excellent at creating unstable footing and an optical impediment to crossing livestock, but they also create a hazard for other animals. The most at risk are horses and I strongly recommend that they not be used with equine. A horse has smaller hooves and legs than bovine and their slender legs can slide down between the rails to the bottom of the vaulted area. This puts the most fragile part of the leg at risk of breaking and as a flight animal, when a horse begins to struggle to try and free itself, it can easily break it’s own leg out of fear. There’s nothing worse than seeing a horse stuck in a cattle guard and we do not recommend their use with equine animals – best to use a gate.
Paws and Small Hoofs
cattle guard is not effective with non-hoofed animals such as dogs and cats or with smaller sure-footed hoofed creatures like goats and sheep. The soft pad of a paw allows the animals to walk across the rounded surface of the pipe and the smaller hoofed animals can achieve balance on top of the piping for an easy traverse.

One exception we have seen is with deer.  Even though they have smaller hooves, they do not like the unstable footing and will usually look for other paths or routes to roam.  Due to their incredible jumping abilities, we recommend a 12′ or deeper guard to provide a sufficient deterrent. They are able to easily jump a 6′ or 8′ distance, but usually won’t attempt a 12′ or longer leap.

Texas Gate Summery

Whether a large farm and ranch operation with frequent traffic or a remote area with sporadic traffic, a cattle guard can be an excellent option to keeping your livestock where you want them, grazing and growing.  Keep in mind they don’t work for all animals, but are a terrific option for cattle and convenience.  Visit Barn World for their large selection and ask their knowledgeable staff if a guard is right for your operation..

Pig Feeders and Hog Feeders: create an efficient feeding operation

Hog Feeder Supreme

Pig feeders and hog feeders

Whether you’re raising pigs in your backyard or have a large hog operation, dispensing feed to your animals is essential for keeping them healthy and growing. To make this job a whole lot easier and more efficient, the use of a fill-and-forget feeder is a necessity and a great convenience.  The use of top-of-the-line Sioux Steel pig feeders and hog feeders will provide the most convenient and efficient feed delivery system for you and your swine.

Pig Feeders

Pigs are defined as weighing 120 pounds or less and technically anything over 120 pounds is considered a hog. That’s not to say that they wouldn’t eat out of each others feeders, but the difference in appetite between pigs and hogs will require different feeder holding capacities to allow for an efficient feeding system. Pig feeders are designed for smaller animals and are typically kept indoors while they grow in size.

Hog Feeder Nursery

Nursery Pig Feeders

The smallest pig feeders are called nursery feeders and are designed for pigs that are weaning size up to 90 pounds. These feeders are made from polyethylene and have a metal frame that connect the hopper section to the feeding trough below.  The polyethylene hopper prevents any kind of rust or corrosion from eating away at the feeder and promotes longevity in the life of the feeder. The feeder is available in 2 bushels or 3 bushels and both sizes have a 20 inch feed pan and six feeding stations.

Grower Pig Feeder

The next size up is the six bushel grower feeder that feeds pigs from 40 pounds all the way up to market weight. It has a slightly larger 28 inch feed pan and allows for eight pigs to feed at separate feeding stations at once. Typically used to feed 50 to 55 pigs, this durable feeder has smooth inside walls to keep a constant feed flow coming freely and un-obstructed. It can dispense high moisture grains without bridging, clumping or building up inside the hopper.

Finishing Pig Feeder

The finishing feeder also has a six bushel capacity but has a larger 34 inch trough.  It feeds pigs from 40 pounds up to market weight and is also designed to feed 50 to 55 pigs in eight separate feeding stations.  There is an optional fence-line adapter so you may feed two separated pens with one feeder.

Like the other feeders, it has an animal activated feeding system that keeps an even distribution of feed around the trough. No clumping or piling up of feed on one side of the trough while the other side goes hungry.

Hog Feeders

As the pigs (technically 120 pounds or less) grow larger, they will consume more and more feed which will require a feeder with larger capacities.  To accommodate their growing appetite and size, a larger hog feeder is necessary to maintain the efficiency of your feed distribution system.  The larger volume hog feeders are available in both poly hopper and metal hopper designs.

Hog feeders with metal hoppers – Sioux Supreme Hog Feeders

Hog Feeder Supreme

The traditional outdoor large capacity hog feeder is made with heavy galvanized 12 gauge steel. It sits on polyethylene skids that never rust and are designed to hold the feeder off the ground. The Sioux Steel Supreme hog feeder has 12 large openings that create feeding zones so hogs can easily consume the feed undisturbed and without bickering.  The trough has very strong plastic doors to protect the feed from the elements and allow individual feeding.

The Supreme feeder has a convenient feed flow adjustment control that regulates the rate of feed being dispensed to the trough. The seamless top cover is made even stronger with reinforcement beads and has a ‘wide hinge’ for convenient filling.

These reliable and durable hog feeders are available in 40, 60, and 80 bushel capacities and can ship anywhere in the US.

Hog feeders with poly hoppers – Big O Feeders

Hog Feeder Big O

Just like the Supreme hog feeders, the Big O outdoor hog feeder is designed to hold large quantities and is available in 40, 65, and 90 bushels capacities.  They all have 12 feeding stations in the trough and a side feed adjustment to regulate the feed flow. This set and forget feeder will allow your hogs to eat to their hearts content.

Designed for outdoor use, the Big O feeder is made with a plastic top and trough to eliminate rust and corrosion. Even hog lot acids have no effect on the feeder.  The large 56 inch polyethylene lid not only protects your precious feed from the fiercest winds and rains, but also provides easy access for quick filling.  The entire feeder rests on polyethylene skids so it can be moved around the yard If necessary.

When looking for the most efficient and convenient way to distribute feed to your animals, consider the top-of-the-line Sioux Steel pig feeders and hog feeders from Barn World a top distributor of livestock supplies and cattle guards!

Cattle Guards and Horses – a warning from Barn World

Cattle Guards and Horses

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of calls for cattle guard quotes from horse owners looking to contain their equine. I wanted to give a quick review of why they’re not recommended for use with horses and why a traditional livestock gate is your safest alternative.

Cattle Guards vs. Gates

livestock gate  

 

Dangers of cattle guards

Although cattle guards are very popular and provide the ultimate ease of access to all your pastures, they can also be very dangerous when used with horses. Horses typically have a more slender hoof and leg than cattle and this physical difference can allow a horse’s hoof to slip between the cattle guard rails and slide all the way down to the bottom of the vaulted area. It’s slender hoof can also easily slip off the rail and damage its ‘ankle’.

This exposes one of the weakest parts of their leg directly to the cattle guard rail itself and once in this position, the scared animal’s flight instincts kick in and it will struggle to free itself. During the attempt to flee its precarious position, it can easily break its leg and put its own life in jeopardy. It is an extremely difficult thing to see and and its extremely difficult to even assist the horse in freeing itself.  A horse with its leg stuck in a cattle guard is not something that you ever want to have happen to your equine.

The safest and only viable alternative to a cattle guard for horses is a standard gate. It may be less convenient than driving over a cattle guard, but it is certainly safer than exposing your horse to a possible broken leg.

As a quick side note: There are other hoofed animals they can easily cross the barrier. Goats, sheep and other sure-footed livestock that are very nimble can quickly learn how to get across the curved rails. Of course animals with pads, such as cats and dogs can also learn to tip-toe across the rails and escape to freedom!

Help with cattle guards

If you’re considering using a cattle guard where horses are present, we would suggest that you use a traditional farm gate or livestock gate and realize the inconvenience of operating the gate is well worth offsetting the risk of injury to your horse.

Livestock Gate review:

 

If you have any questions or if we at Barn World Livestock Supplies can help with your cattle guard decisions, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.

 

Hay feeders from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Although the grass is starting to grow and hay becomes more plentiful, it’s still important to contain your feed costs with a hay feeder from Barn World Livestock Supplies.  Wasted hay is a common problem that can increase feed expense as wasted hay is money down the drain.  Selecting the proper equine or livestock hay feeder for your animals is not only a simple and effective way to keep costs low and profits up, but it will also save you time refilling and cleaning up the blown-around trampled hay.  Make sure you get one before the price of feeding sneaks up on you in the summer months.

Selecting the right hay feeder

There are many different styles of hay feeders for every budget and all will produce large savings that will allow them to pay for themselves in short order.  Designed for everything from large round hay bales, square bales and even as small as feeding individual flakes, there’s a feeder that will minimize waste and provide years of higher profits.  Selecting the right one for your animals is quick and easy.

Hay feeders Styles

Rack and Trough Feeders

Combo, or rack and trough feeders are very popular as they serve a double duty:  They suspend the hay for consumption over a trough which can be used to feed supplements and also catch loose hay before it hits the ground.  Your animals will easily pull the scraps out of the feed trough and not waste fallen hay.

Combo hay feeders are designed for goats, sheep, horses and cattle by varying the height of the trough.  The most common heights are:

  • Sheep – trough height 20″
  • Horse – trough height 30″ and 36″
  • Cattle – trough height 23-1/2″

Their versatility allows them to feed both hay and/or grain & minerals when necessary, which is a very convenient feature when supplementing diets and they are available for both round bales and square.

Hay feeder for cattle  Horse Hay Feeder

One of the most popular and indestructible of the cattle hay / grain feeders is this large 600 pound, skid-mounted bale feeder:

Made from a very heavy 2″ x 2″ square 16 gauge tubing, this almost eight foot square feeder stands 72″ tall and is one of the toughest out there.  It can accommodate both square and round bales and has an 18 gauge steel pan with rolled edges to avoid any cuts on your cattle.  The center is composed of outward angling tubing to keep the hay on the outside where your cattle can reach it.  To ensure longevity and make it the toughest around, it is an entirely welded design that contains not nuts and bolts, eliminating wobble and torquing.  It’s one solid piece designed to last a lifetime!

Below is a quick video tour of this indestructible hay feeder from Sioux Steel:

Hay hopper round bale feeders

Along the same design as the combo feeders, the Hay Hopper Round Bale Feeders suspend the hay with chains and come with or without a skirt at the bottom.

suspended hay feeder

The skirted hay hopper feeder does will with buffalo and cattle too.  It has a large 7′ 6″ inside diameter and is made with 14 gauge, 1-1/4″  square tubing. Built for round bales, it stands 68 inches tall and has 16 feeding stations – a lot of cattle can eat at once!  It’s unique chain design allows a large bale to be dropped in from the top for livestock to access below. The steel skirt keeps the wind from blowing around the straw and presents it for easy consumption.  This particular feeder is powder coated and all tubes are either capped sealed to keep water out.  Its bolt together, two-piece design allows this feeder to be easily ship economically throughout the United States.

Round bale feeders

The traditional round bale feeder is made from a steel skirt with a large diameter to accommodate field bales and will have stanchions to separate animals during feeding time.  Built to be extremely tough and left out in the elements, these heavy-duty feeders coming in all types of shapes and sizes.  The most popular design is of course is round, and usually in an 8 to 9 foot diameter for your largest bales.

Below is an example of a round bale feeder with a closed bottom and mud legs to keep the skirt from resting directly on the ground.

round bale feeder  horse hay feeder

These feeders are powder coated to protect them from rust and are designed to give years of feed savings.

Another very tough round bale feeder is the Bull Tuff feeder.
The bull tuff round bale feeder is very large and extremely robust with twelve openings and nine mud legs to keep it entirely off the ground. The three-piece design allows it to be shipped very economically.

livestock hay feeder

Plastic Horse Hay Feeder

Our most popular for horses is poly round horse hay feeder from Sioux Steel.  Designed from the beginning specifically for horses, all of the joints are overlapping to eliminate any kind of sharp edge and all bolts our countersunk into the walls to prevent any cuts or scrapes to equine legs.

horse hay feeder  

Extremely easy to maneuver at only 80 pounds, it can be rolled into position and dropped over the round bale quite easily.  Once in place, the legs also have the ability to be staked down in high wind areas if necessary.  The thoughtful 4-piece design allows it to be shipping in four pieces, keeping shipping costs low and economical to send to send to any of the lower 48 states.

To keep profits up, you’ll need to keep expenses down and a simple and efficient hay feeder is the best way to make sure you realize both goals.  Don’t wait until prices skyrocket this summer to invest inequality hay feeder from BarnWorld.com

Cattle Guards from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Cattle Guards – an effective invisible livestock gate!

A properly installed cattle guard is an effective and popular livestock control devise that saves valuable time and effort.  Available with the highly effective round top-pipe for the maximum hoofed animal deterrent and the flat top-pipe which provides a smoother ride for your vehicles while creating a barrier for livestock, it is easy to establish a safe perimeter to your pastures while granting the best ease of access possible.  It won’t matter who’s crossing your land, they will never leave a gate open and cattle won’t be wandering off on their own.  Keep your livestock safely contained with a simple and very effective cattle guard.

Types of cattle guards

There are many different types available, but the most common and effective are the flat and boxed options.

Flat cattle guards

are the traditional style in use all over the country.  Typically they’re made by welding round pipe to the top of heavy duty c-channels or I-beams.  The design calls for them to be mounted over a vaulted or open area with concrete footings to hold back the dirt and provide a foundation to transfer the weight of crossing vehicles to the ground.  The vault area underneath the rails creates a void and the important visual perception of depth needed to deter an animal attempting to cross.  Proper installation of the foundation is critical and a contractor familiar with the local soil conditions, including soil freezing levels and drainage issues should be consulted to ensure a long lasting crossing.

Boxed cattle guards

are identical to flat cattle guards but are designed to lay directly on the ground. They have a steel skirt welded around the perimeter to keep dirt from creeping in underneath and are very popular in low traffic, low-speed areas. These include construction sites where cleaning dirt from equipment is necessary before entering public roadways.  They are very popular as washout sites, used when hosing off trailers and other vehicles and allow for the water and dirt to drain away, and also as rumble strips that shake the dirt off before leaving a site.  These ‘semi-portable’ guards can be relocated from site to site as needed.

Boxed cattle guards are also popular for residential use and other low traffic areas such as cellular antenna towers, oil rigs, and any unattended maintenance area that require roaming livestock be kept at bay.

Boxed-Cattle-Guard

Cattle guard load ratings

The AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) provide axle load ratings for cattle guards to be used in public installations.  Rated cattle guards are certified to meet the requirements of state and federal entities such as the Department of Transportation.

AASHTO Design Specifications
H-15 (12 tons per axle)
H-20 (16 tons per axle)
U-54 (25 tons per axle)
U-80 (30 tons per axle)

Private use cattle guards When used on private property, certified load rating certificates are not required. This fact alone can save hundreds of dollars on a single cattle guard even though they’re built to the same specifications.  Private use guards will handle fully-loaded semi truck trailers as well as farm and ranch equipment.  Very popular on private driveways, these cattle guards can be more economical.

If you need any help with your cattle guard project, would like a quote with shipping or have any questions at all about cattle guards, please contact BarnWorld.com.  They have all the livestock supplies you need for your farm and ranch!

Hog Feeders | Pig Feeders from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Big Wheel Hog Feeders from Barn World

Barn World is proud to offer the Big Wheel hog feeders from Osborne.  Keeping your feed fresh for your pigs is essential in getting them ready for market.  The big wheel pig feeders are designed to eliminate waste from spoiled or spilled feed. They are much more efficient than the best gravity feeders as the feed is only dispensed when the paddle wheel is turned by the pigs. It does not sit in the truck waiting to be consumed. This ensures the fresh feed in the hopper is delivered to the trough clean and ready to eat. Eliminating the square corners of a rectangular feeder keeps the feed from accumulating in corners, turning stale, rotting and going to waste. The round trough and sweeping action of the feeder arm keeps the food supply fresh and will be consumed in its entirety by your animals.

How it works – a patented feed flow system
All the pig feeders come with an adjustable rate gauge to control the amount of food dispensed when the wheel is turned. Inside the feeder, the flow system is controlled by an adjustable cone they can be raised and lowered in the bottom of the hopper. It is the cone that regulates the rate of feed flow, not gravity. As the pigs eat, they move the large feed wheel sweeper arm in the bottom of the trough. They don’t know it, but the sweeping action literally cleans the bottom of the trough and dispenses fresh feed at the preset rate. As the feed wheel is agitated feed falls through the center hole of the cone and into the trough where it is dispensed to the pigs. When they stop eating, the lack of movement on the sweeper arm stops the flow of feed. As such, these big wheel feeders are self-cleaning and self-regulating which reduces feed waste to none!

Build for longevity and efficiency
The Osborne feeders are designed and built to last for generations. In fact the very first big wheel feeders were built 20 years ago and are still in use today. The frame is made with heavy-duty steel construction and the fiberglass troughs and hoppers are easy to clean, maintain and can be used indoors or out. The feeders can be anchored to almost any service and maybe placed in a fence-line to handle every type of feeding situation. Their large trough openings and round shape give pigs much better access and provide more trough openings than rectangular feeders can. Easier access and adjustable flow rates create a less stressful eating environment and will allow your pigs to eat in less time with less stress.

Types of pig feeders

1. Nursery Feeders

Fresh feed is critical for young pigs as they are very sensitive to stale feeds. The patented mechanical flow delivery system of the Osborne nursery feeder guarantees fresh feed every time. The agitation on the sweeper arm keeps the trough clean and dispenses feed only on demand. All types of feed including crumbles and pellets can flow through the system without damaging it’s texture or appearance. These conditions allow the pigs to eat at will while maintaining the fresh, unneeded green in the hopper. This produces a better quality of gain for consumption and will better the overall health of your pigs. The careful design of the head space openings and trough reduces eating stress and promote consumption, producing better gains.

Available in the one bushel, 3 bushel and 4.5 bushel sizes, these nursery feeders are the best in the industry.

    

2. Finishing Feeders

As your pigs grow in size, the main sources of food waste are more pronounced but are still eliminated with the patented delivery system of the big wheel feeders. The self dispensing feeders required no human activity and eliminate waste on their own by stopping the feed from entering the trough when the pigs are not eating. The self-regulated and self-cleaning finishing feeders will completely eliminate spoilage.

Available in three sizes from 4.5, 7.5 and the 15 bushel capacity these finishing feeders will reduce your management time and minimize feed waste to guarantee maximum efficiency.

    

3. Bulk Hog Feeders

Just like the smaller models the big wheel feeders, the bulk hog feeder is designed for maximum efficiency and the elimination of spoilage. The feeders are engineered to last for decades while minimizing your time, waste and need for adjustment. The reinforced fiberglass and hot-dipped galvanized steel supports all add up to a feeder that will produce healthy weight gains in your pigs for generations to come.

Hopper lids are not needed as plugging is never a problem even in heavy rains. The self-cleaning movement of the patented sweeper arms keep the feed flowing regardless of conditions. Set your feed rate once with the easily accessible outside mounted controller arm and it will remain constant for years to come.

Designed to be used with 90 head and possibly more, the big wheel bulk feeders are available in five different capacities: 24, 45, 65, 85 and 105 bushels. Using the same self-cleaning and regulating feed delivery system inside the hopper, the capacities are adjusted by adding rings to the height of the feeder. Available with an optional galvanize steel skid to be mounted underneath for easy moving, these pig feeders are some of the most versatile on the market today.

      

Be sure to contact Barn World for all your cattle guard and livestock supply needs today.

Creep Feeders: Livestock Supplies

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Creep feeders

It’s springtime; time to make sure your little guys have the nutrition and feed they need for a healthy start.  The proper use of a Creep Feeder allows them to get the supplemental feed necessary for healthy weight gains while increasing their pre-weaning weight.  Creep feeding will get your calves into market ready shape and high-quality condition more quickly than relying on just common community hay and assures less strain in their developmental years.  An early healthy start wards off disease and physical stress to create the best genetic lines going forward for your future generations.

Creep feeders provide a safe feeding area for smaller animals, away from larger animals such as their mothers.  The small entryway allows the physically babies access to grain, hay and nutritional supplements while keeping larger animals from entering the feeding area.  Adult livestock are just as interested in the feed supplements and would eat it before the baby could, so a creep feeder is necessary to separate the two without causing anxiety for either.

Types of Creep Feeders

Creep Feeders For Calves

 

Creep feeders relieve separation anxiety

It can be difficult and extremely stressful to try and manually separate a calf from its mother in order to provide supplemental feed. It’s much easier to allow the natural curiosity of the calf to take it into the Creep Feeder and be rewarded with the sweet tasting grain and supplements it needs.  This eliminates the stress the animals feel when a calf is removed from it’s mother for feeding and is the most un-intrusive method of assuring the calf gets it’s required supplements.

Barn World carries a selection of creeps feeders to ensure your young ones get the nutrition necessary to grow up fast and healthy.   Calves aren’t the only animals that benefit from supplemental feeds; sheep, goats, deer and even horses can all benefit from advanced nutrition throughout their lives.

Creep Feeders for horses– a great stall creep feeder:

Barn World has a horse Creep Feeder designed to be mounted directly on a stall wall for easy access for both you and your horse.  The adjustable top allows you to create a customize size opening on the top of the feeder and forms an overhang on the interior so the feed cannot be slung out of the sides when your horse is eating.  This unique and simple design prevents spillage and the waste of expensive supplements and allows you to adjust the size of the theater as your equine gross.

Made with stainless steel hardware and extremely durable 3/8 inch high density plastic, this feeder is designed to last a lifetime.  It also has a removable bottom for easy cleaning to guarantee sanitary feeding conditions in your stall. No more unnecessary and crusty leftover feed for flys!

Creep feeders for Deer:

These feeders are designed specifically for deer and wildlife. Providing protein to keep an entire herd healthy and growing will also head off disease and give the best opportunity for trophy wildlife.  Deer need protein year-round and it is especially important during the growth of their antlers. In conjunction with natural forage, a protein supplement will ensure the best growing gains and herd lines for generations to come.

Providing the necessary nutrition for your livestock, equine or wildlife, is a must and a traditional Creep Feeder is the best feed management system to ensure the young animals get the healthy beginning and continuing nutrition needed.

Visit Barn World today for all your livestock and cattle guard needs and get a great start on a new season!

Calf Warmer – livestock supplies from Barn World

Calf Warmers

It’s officially spring and that means calving season and it’s time to make sure you have the livestock supplies and calf warmers needed to protect your newborn calves from ol’ mother nature.  Make sure you’re ready to provide the excellent care required after birth when your new livestock enter the great big world.

Calf warmer: construction

The best protection for newborns is offered by a polyurethane calf warmer with an enclosed heater that will create a comfortable enclosure to protect and give privacy to newborns. Constructed from medium density polyethylene, these durable warmers come complete with a heater to keep your calves cozy, dry and comfortable during the first critical hours after birth.

The interior provides enough room to feel secure, stand up and dry off while getting used to their new environment.  With a hinged top section that is removable for easy entry and cleaning, this warmer provides the ultimate in accessibility. The slotted floor is raised so heat easily circulates throughout the entire unit before exiting the vent in the top of the lid.  The top section vent also serves as an easy way to view the calf without having to open the lid.   The floor is very sturdy and is designed to handle the weight with stainless steel supports.

The exterior bottom is ribbed so it may be moved or dragged around the pasture with ease and the rounded front bottom end allows it to slide over obstacles on the ground. There is also an optional steel hitch that can be used for towing with the vehicle if needed.

Calf Warmer Heater

The warmer comes complete with a high performance 110 V heater, three heat settings and two settings for the fan for an accurate temperature control in almost any environment.

It’s large size of 45 inches tall, 24 inches wide and 50 inches long allow for plenty of room and movement in a secure environment.

PolyDome Calf Warmer

Make sure your calf has the best available environment provided to it so it may have a quick and healthy recovery from birth.  These warmers are essential to giving your animals the best chance of a healthy beginning and prevent it from experiencing the shock of leaving the warmth of the mother to the cold and sometimes frozen ground.

Contact BarnWorld.com today and we’ll be happy to help with all your livestock needs – from cattle guards to saddle pads, Barn World has the equipment for your farm and ranch.