Cindy Skillman wrote:My heifers (except the white one) seem to think the hay in the middle is better than that around the edges (where they can reach it easily). I’ve been chasing them out like every five minutes. So far no cow poop in there. I know this because I climb in there to push the hay from the middle to where they can get it. Honestly, when I pull out a new layer from the bale, it smells so intoxicating I almost think *I* could eat it. I get it, but I’d sure like some ideas as to how I might persuade them to stay outside the feeder.
Just throw that bale out in the pasture. I Get little to no waste doing this provided that the ground is frozen. Areas around feeders get heavily soiled then the cows wont eat what they drop on the ground and walk on.
That just looks like a bad design for a hay ring. Get one with a top rail. I've never seen one like that for cows.
Edit. I looked closer, is snow covering a foot of it?
pssst ... there's a new blue cow bumper sticker available
How about putting something in the middle. That looks like a lovely bed to me, so get something round a barrel for example or something even bigger and put it bang in the middle of that feeder leaving a ring of hay round the edge, then even if they put their feet up in the hay they can't get all the way in and can't toilet there.
As a second question how many highlands do you have and how much hay are they eating? (my curiosity nothing to do with your question)
Cindy Skillman wrote:What’s a “blue cow bumper sticker” all about?
Mike Barkley wrote:pssst ... there's a new blue cow bumper sticker available.