We bought two of the smaller 3IN1FEEDERS at the Canadian Classics show in Barrier this summer and have finally gotten them set up.
There was NO problem at all introducing it to the feeder lambs, just showed a former bottle baby where the grain was and everyone (about 75 lambs) took note.
I am impressed that there has been no crowding at the feeder after the first discovery. Thanks for making a terrific tool available to us.
We have had goats for almost 18 years and more recently added 200 sheep to our farm. We have always been looking for a better way to control feed, reduce waste and not be tied down to daily chores. We unsuccessfully tried a variety of methods and feeders looking for a solution. After browsing the internet and finding these Australia invented 3IN1FEEDERS we became very interested.
After much discussion with the inventor, Gerard Roney from Australia we finally brought our first feeders into North America in February of 2013.
We put them to the challenge to see if they would actually work for our goats and our sheep.
We were so excited to see how well they worked with our livestock. We loved the option of limit feeding ewes/does down to 1/2 lb per day while allowing the lambs/kids to eat free choice on the other side without needing any extra creep panels. The sheep and goats were so much more relaxed out there during lambing and kidding.
Some of the goats tried desperately to contaminate the feed by pawing at the feeder. We were pleased to see that they were not able to access the feed with their hooves.
This summer we moved goat kids from a straight grass diet onto this grain feeder. We were thrilled at the smooth transition with no grain overload and without the runny back ends. Being able to gradually increase their intake per day is what helps to make this successful.
We enjoy the extra freedom these feeders give our family and are happy to no longer have to deal with all that contaminated wasted feed!
So far,the feeders are working awesome. The kids are born from April 1 to April 20 and started at the feeder on April 30. We can't wait to see the growth overnext few months.
We haveabout 100 kids on the feeder and don't think it is over capacity at all. My favorite part of feeder is allowing kids only to eat from feeder.
Thanks again for bringing these awesome feeders over here. Products like these feeders will advance our industry faster than we know.
United Kingdom Testimonials
As a new comer to the Suckler world in 2010, I was looking at creep feeders, nothing I looked at through regular suppliers offered a way of measuring the amount of Grub the calves were getting, or even a theory on when they stopped scoffing meal at extortionate cost. Other than, they will stop eating when full.
I came across the 3in1feeder website and was impressed by the basic desire of the manufacturer to 'Not waste money'.
I contacted a few farmers with the feeders in use and got a very sensible response, the reaction was positive and educational, I was amazed at the variation of 'Home made mixes' as well as Bulk Blown material that was being served through either side of the 3in1feeder with success, as one farmer put it, 'we have never had calves like the ones we are growing since we introduced this feeder'.
One 800 Litre feeder seems to serve about 25 calves with comfort, they lick out into the trough what they can and always go and drink or lie down before they finish what they hook out. They just have to work hard at licking it out and it seems to dry the tongue. While you keep feed in the bin they are content to help themselves without gorging, no blown bellies or related symptoms.
The adjustable gates restrict anything too big getting in, it's easy to move, fold up the gates, stick the loader bale spikes under it, one strap round it and take off down the road looking over it, or two men can handle it onto a trailer if you prefer.
Gerard Roney the MD delivered our third feeder personally while visiting the UK and insisted in shutting off the feed slots even further as he said I was wasting grub, there is nothing like someone turning up and saving you a pound or two.
We will be adding another next year as the herd develops.
Anyone with a traditional feeder, get it sold and the cost to change to one of these will be saved in the first Spring you put it in the yard or field.
Cheap to buy old style creep feeder for sale, false economy!
If you think this testimonial sounds too good, call in next time you pass Andover, I will show you some thumpers of Calves.
I have been using 3IN1FEEDERS for 2 years and found they can be used in a huge range of applications. I use them to reduce/eliminate costly issues of waste, excessive labour, stock losses, mismothering, over consumption, acidosis and only being able to feed concentrate. 3IN1FEEDERS provide endless solutions when it comes to feeding stock.Supplementing ewes before, during and after lambing
I first used the 1800 feeder out in the field with Welsh ewes (scanned for twins) before and during lambing. Initially we only filled the feeder with the total amount we would have fed out on the field (500 grams/day) in three days to see if we had set it properly. The ewes adapted easily to the system over 3 days and then I filled the feeder. This saved a lot of time and I knew the ewes were doing great because they were being fed often throughout the day.
Another benefit in the outdoor lambing situation is that there was no mismothering. Normally, when the ewes hear the quad bike, they run towards the bike anticipating food and forget their new born lambs however with the feeder in place this does not happen as they are more content. We are able to drive around without disturbing them. In fact, most ewes were so content that after they lambed, they didn’t come to the feeder for a couple days whilst they mothered up.
I have used feed blocks in the past, due to the control 3IN1FEEDERS give me over the ration I could reduce my feeding costs by using feed nuts at around £200 per tonne instead of feed blocks that are about £700 to £800.Creep feeding lambs
I have three other models of creep feeders. I find the ladder variety cause stock injury and deaths. Every year I would find several lambs and ewes stuck. I lamb some ewes in January and target early lamb markets. This system is more intensive involving higher input costs so when one of these lambs is lost, it is a particularly large loss.
After shearing, ewes will get in the walk through creep feeders and empty the hopper. I also have a creep feeder that has rods the flick up and as a lamb pulls out of the feeder, crafty ewes will quickly put their head in the feeder.
I haven’t had any creep feeding issues with 3IN1FEEDERS. As I can set the feeder so the lambs can’t gorge, there is no acidosis risk and they don’t scour.
An added benefit is the 800 model can be used to creep feed on one side and supplement ewes on the other. I lambed down 60 ewes that had 100 lambs. With the division panel inside the feeder, I was able to creep feed the lambs on one side of the feeder and ewe nuts to their mothers on the other. Being able to supplement ewes over winter reduced a lot of waste and labour involved with feeding out on the ground.
I have had issues with birds eating feed and being in the North of Wales, the strong winds can blow rain into feed troughs. The 3IN1FEEDER Creep Panel is located above the trough and licking area to prevent both these issues. Even when I am feeding ewes, the Creep Panel can be positioned to allow their heads to get under it whilst providing rain and bird protection.Hogg feeding
I finish some of my hoggets indoors. I would always lose 2-3 hoggets a batch due to acidosis when they ate too much from ad-lib feeders. When I used the 3IN1FEEDER I was able to accustom their rumen onto high energy feeds over 4-5 days by adjusting the lick settings. Initially, they had a narrow setting and then I periodically opened to increase the ration as they became more familiar with the feed. I have done three batches of hoggets and never had a loss.
At one stage, I brought welsh ewes in to feed. They had never been fed cake before and they took to the feeder quickly and were able to be sold a month later.Conclusion
Now I am familiar with controlling the ration with the feeders I am going to start feeding whole barley to ewes and hoggets. At current feed prices, this will make a substantial reduction in my feed bill. It will also allow me to start feeding earlier in autumn and later in summer because I can feed the hoggets such a low rate whilst they are on pasture.
Investing in 3IN1FEEDERS can be high initially but the one feeder works better than any other in all applications and is soon paid off. I can see myself having 10 or more of these feeders in the future.
I have tried a lot of makes of creep feeders and had a number of issues:
- the ladder ones had issues with one ewe or two lambs getting their heads stuck
- the walk through creep feeders are hard to keep the ewes out after shearing. If they get in the feeder they can muck in the trough. This causes the lambs to push creep feed out of the trough onto the ground.
- when I moved any of the creep feeders, creep feed would fall out on the ground
- it was very time consuming filling them on a daily basis with 25kg bags. I would often be battling with large ewes trying to knock me over.
These issues result in stock losses and ewes consuming expensive creep feed.
I saw the 3IN1FEEDERS and was suspicious about the creep feeding system working. Since I have had one, I have not had an injury to any ewes or lambs. The new lambs took to the system very easily.
When I was using the 3IN1FEEDER as a creep, I could notice the lambs coming back and forth all day. I had it set so the lambs would get a little bit often. The bunch of lambs were very consistent.
After weaning, I still had some hoggets to finish and put them back in a field with the 3IN1FEEDER and a number of other feeders. The hoggets preferred using the 3IN1FEEDER and would always go to this feeder first.
The 1800 model is ideal for my farm because I can fill it in bulk with the Front End Loader. It also feeds three times the amount of other creep feeders so the initial outlay isn’t that much more. With all the other benefits, the choice of creep feeders is easy.
With the results I have had, I will now be using the 3IN1FEEDER to feed ewes a controlled ration before they come in the shed for lambing.
I will be buying more before next lambing.
Before I had my 3IN1FEEDERS 1800 I had problems with my lambs getting stuck in the vertical bars of the conventional feeders that I used. If you opened the bars up too much the ewes would find a way of getting into the feed. Since I have had the 1800 I have not had any of these problems.
My first impression was that the creep gates forcattle were not strong enough but now that I have used them to feed my calves Ihave had no problems at all with damage to the gates or my livestock.
Due to the lick system on the 3IN1FEEDERS I now have no problems with stale or damp food in the feeding tray.
I first bought a 3IN1FEEDERES 800 and put it in a shed with 10 bullocks, they took to the feeder straight away using the lick feeder system. There was no bullying and they all had their fair share, bearing in mind that these were 500-600 kilo bullocks. Because they were having a little and often they seemed to pull their bellies in and put it on their rear ends, just where you want the meat.
I sold the 10 bullocks at Builth Wells Mart where they topped the market. All the farmers were looking and talking about them.
I was so pleased with the results from the 800 that I have now bought the larger 1800.
The 3IN1FEEDERS has proved most successful with our suckler herd. The calves look the best we have ever had and we would be pleased for anyone to have a look at them – this is down solely to the 3IN1FEEDERS.
We had a cow that broke her leg and unfortunately we had to put her down. The calf was having a bit of milk, not a lot, but with the 3IN1FEEDERS, the calf was able to fend for itself without being bullied by the other calves and has gone from strength to strength.