The Hay Manager
24064 478Th Ave
Trent, South Dakota 57065
Call Us at (605) 428 - 5122
Grass Fed Beef
Round Bale Feeder
Goat Meat
Hay Feeders
Alfalfa Hay


The Hay Manager is a round bale feeder that was first built in 1997.  The idea refined by Ted Lacey was created as a farmer to save hay from spoiling in the feeder.  It has a useful purpose of feeding hay to livestock.

We are a family-farm based business out of Trent, SD.  Our goal is to save others money by setting them up with a way to feed hay in an efficient manner.

Cone Feeder
Livestock Feed
Horse Feeders
Cattle Feeder
Hay Bales
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Due to the variability of steel costs, the price of our hay feeder also varies.  Current base price is $815 for a cow feeder (plus tax, and if applicable, shipping and handling). We estimate, conservatively, that feeding 30 cows, this hay feeder will pay for itself in 75 days.  Additionally it will save your hay (paying for itself) after that, and will easily last 10 years.

Call Us at (605) 428 ­- 5122
Not One Type of Hay is “Best” and Other Hay Myths
Hay is commonly used as livestock feed, but misconceptions about it still persist. These myths range from what type of hay is “best,” if certain types of hay are dangerous and which animals require what types of hay. First of all, no type of hay is “best.” That is, hay quality is ultimately a matter of proper management and harvesting. Any species or variety of hay, therefore, can be the “best,” but using a certain type of hay is no guarantee when it comes to quality. Additionally, round......  Read More
When to Plant Summer Annual Forage Grasses
The next potential forage stressor is almost upon us and that stressor is summer. Long, hot days impact forage availability all through the grazing season. While worst-case scenarios don’t always occur, it’s better to be prepared then to be caught off guard. Therefore, to protect perennial forages for long-term stand life, it is sometimes necessary to consider alternative forage options so that our permanent stands are able to rest and recover. Summer annuals are a great choice when you......  Read More
Why Baled Silage May Work Best in Wet Climates
In regions where it is difficult to dry hay because of wet weather, silage is becoming a popular alternative. This move toward silage began in the Midwest and Northeast where producers have found that the time between rainfalls is shrinking. This is a problem since making dry hay requires about five days of dry weather. Silage, on the other hand, only requires about one day. The silage making process is easier and more flexible but it also allows you to cut hay when it is at peak quality.......  Read More
Our Specialties
Grass Fed Beef, Round Bale Feeder, Goat Meat, Hay Feeders, Alfalfa Hay
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Cow Feeders

Bale Feeders

Horse Feeders

Sheep Feeders

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North Dakota




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