Before we owned a round bale holder (and after making a few expensive piles of mulch) we made a quick and cheap version using three cattle panels arranged in a triangle around the bale. Farmer Pete made one of the panels with wider rung spacing so the cattle could poke their heads through. This worked quite well, as a triangle is very strong and the cattle couldn't push it over, but it wasn't ideal for them to access the hay (and we needed the panels for our yard).
Later, when we were very busy and in need of a round bale holder, we bought the simple one pictured below. It is made from three pipe hoops, pipe uprights and mesh at the bottom to stop the hay from spilling out. It works very well, but with the new property we needed a second round bale holder and didn't want to pay for something that we could make, now that we had more time to work on it.
|This image was very useful |
- see http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/14948/Hexagonal-grid-for-games-and-other-projects-Part-1
|The finished product|
|Frank inspects the new geometric art installation in his paddock|
|The sculpture is more popular when its filled with hay!|