enrolled in the voluntary Scrapie Free Certification Program (SFCP) -
Export Category -
A health tested/healthy flock. No OPP, no Johne's, no
Soremouth (orf), no CL, no hoof issues.
for Hay & Sheep
handy item I've designed will
not only serve as shelter from the elements for the hay bale, but the
sheep can use it for shelter too! It's easily dismantled and
moved as the area around it becomes too trampled and muddy.
Note: Click on
the colored images to enlarge them.
available at Southern States, Tractor
Supply, Lowe's, Home Depot type stores.
- trampoline. I
trampoline I purchased from a Craigslist ad for $50.00
panel — approximately
|5 - wire panel connector hinges
purchased from Premier 1 for $2.40 each. Cut them with the
cutters to be the proper height so they do not puncture the trampoline
mat as the trampoline lowers.
double-sided hooks — approximately $1.50 each
T-poles — approximately $4.75 each
|1 - post
driver — approximately $30.00
needed, not pictured individually - bolt cutters, file and or grinder,
cement block, twine.
- Place a
round bale of hay in the sheep's
- Put the
trampoline together and lift it over
the top of the round bale.
- In the
picture, the trampoline legs have only one
cement block under them. I need to purchase four more and put
at each corner of the four trampoline legs. As the hay is
by the sheep, the trampoline will lower and sit on the cement blocks.
- I used the
twine from the hay bale to tie the
trampoline legs to the cement blocks.
- Pound in a
T-post next to a vertical support of
the trampoline leg, one on opposite sides of the trampoline. Again, use
twine to secure the trampoline to the T-post.
- Use bolt
cutters to cut the feedlot panel into
5 sections, 4 squares wide. Also cut out a piece of the panel (see the
pink box) three times. This is where the Babydolls will pull
hay from. Use a file or grinder to file the
down so they are not sharp.
- Turn the
panels on their side so they are wider
than they are tall. This also makes them where they will not be too
tall as the trampoline lowers. Attach them together using the
connector hinges. After the panels are wrapped around the hay
bale, use the three double-sided snap bolts to hook it together.
- As the hay
bale gets smaller and smaller, move the panels closer by
the hinges eventually
removing one or more of the panels.
though I filed the edges down on the nubs left
from cutting out a vertical piece of the cattle panel to make the "head
holes", my sheep were still getting their fleece caught and pulling
chunks out. To remedy this, I came up with the following
- Run a 1/2"
PVC pipe through a table saw to cut
a slit the entire length so it will snap over the wires on the feedlot
- Then cut
10-1/2" sections of the PVC pipe.
these sections on the top and bottom of
each "head hole".
- Use 4" zip
ties, one on each end of the 10-1/2"
section, to make sure they don't pop off.