If you are purchasing livestock, there are some livestock feed equipment key terms you should know. Whether you have cattle, hogs, sheep or horses, there are some pieces of livestock equipment necessary for keeping all kinds of animals. As you read this guide, you'll notice that the list of livestock feed equipment key terms primarily deals with equipment for larger animals. Where you live can also affect the livestock equipment you need for your herd.
Since many types of animals depend on hay to help them get through the winter, a hay baler is a major piece of livestock feed equipment. A hay baler shapes dried grass into a storable size until you feed it to the animal in the winter. Hay balers make large and small bales, as well as round and square.
A hay fork mounts on a tractor's three-point hitch. It lifts a hay bale and moves it to the hay ring for feeding or can move the hay to its storage location.
An automatic waterer allows animals to have access to water at all times. While you can run water in an open tank, in the wintertime this is not a good option because the water could freeze. Automatic waterers do need a water source, as well as an electrical source, in order to operate in all weather.
Feed bunks are long troughs that you put livestock feed in. You can find livestock feed bunks in a variety of materials. If possible, choose feed bunks made of material that doesn't rust or degrade in any manner.
A hay ring confines the large bale of hay in one place. This reduces waste because the cattle or horses cannot tramp the hay into the ground, they can only eat it.
You put loose salt or minerals in a mineral feeder. Most mineral feeders protect the minerals from the wind and rain so that you get more value from the products. Livestock come to these feeders as needed to get their daily allowance of salt and minerals.