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feed bunk height

Postby Duane » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:54 am

Putting new hay /grain feeders in shed 72' of feeder length. Going to use premier plans? The single sided ones have a bunk height of 21", is this to high for 70 # feeder lambs? Have Comm Dorsets and wether type Suffolk sheep. Was thinking 15-18" may be more useable for all class of sheep (ewes,feeder lambs- market)? Ideas? Any other feeder plans that are onesided ?
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Re: feed bunk height

Postby hewittfarm » Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:48 pm

I build the same feeders using the Premier dimensions and they work fine for all sizes of my sheep, little and big.
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Re: feed bunk height

Postby Janet McNally » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:21 pm

I have cement feed bunks, the throat height is 15 inches. Don't think I'd want it any higher, but then I have sheep of very short stature.

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Re: feed bunk height

Postby Darroll Grant » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:51 pm

It would appear an overlooked point is the distance from the lip of the bunk to the floor of the bunk. The Premier feeders require a much shorter reach at 21 inches with a 5 inch drop to the feeder floor than a 15 inch concrete bunk unless it has 10 inches of concrete in the bottom.
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Re: feed bunk height

Postby Janet McNally » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:15 am

Hi Darroll, good point I had not thought of. The 'reach' from throat to floor of bunk is 9 inches on my concrete bunks.

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Re: feed bunk height

Postby dhibbeln » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:07 am

Janet,

Those concrete bunks of yours. Are they outside and if so are they problem to keep clear of ice and snow in winter?

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Re: feed bunk height

Postby Janet McNally » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:11 pm

I do not have to clear them for minor snow falls, but yes, I have to shovel them out if we get a foot or more. Not too difficult to do, a flat bottom shovel fits in there nicely.

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Re: feed bunk height

Postby hammond shepherd » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:37 am

Janet, did you buy your concrete bunks or make them yourself?
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Re: feed bunk height

Postby Janet McNally » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:33 am

I bought them from a cement outfit near Redwing Minnesota. At the time (about 6 yrs ago?) they were $110 per 10 foot bunk. Really a pretty good buy when you consider wood rots and steel rusts.

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