Livestock and Other Animals:
Our Hay Net range is commonly used by owners of animals “other than horses”. They are commonly used for:
Please be mindful of horns (entanglement) and ear tags that can be rubbed out.
The most common size for these animals is our 4cm net. This size provides some slow feeding whilst also minimising hay wastage. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve (just like with horses), both the 3cm and 6cm varieties have also succeeded in the past.
If you’re unsure a 4cm sized net is always the best place to start. You can then go up or down a size if needed.
For more detailed information on selecting bag size, hole size, safety information and the differences in materials, please see our FAQ and Support page.
Similarly, do not let horned animals such as sheep or goats, and cattle with ear tags eat from the hay nets as they may tear the netting, get entangled, or remove the ear tags. You can still use the nets with animals that have ear tags, however, please be aware they may rub them out.
Detailed information on selecting the correct mesh size:
2cm (20mm) Holes: Only available in selected sizes, our 2cm mesh is suited for experienced slow-feed horses that still manage to move quickly through our 3cm bags. We would only recommend looking at 2cm holes for advanced horses and ponies that have used the 3cm bags previously.
3cm (30mm) Holes: The 3cm is perfect for ponies and experienced animals who have previously used slow feeding nets. Without experience, the small 3cm holes may cause some frustration for your horses. We would recommend this size for horses who understand how to use a slow feed net but just require a slightly reduced consumption rate. The 3cm size is also great for reducing boredom, as the reduced consumption rate will keep your horse stimulated for a longer period of time.
4cm (40mm) Holes: Our 4cm nets are our most common (and popular) size and are accepted by 98% of horses. The 4cm is a great all-rounder that will slow the horses down whilst also saving on wastage. It is therefore the ideal hole size to choose if you are unsure OR just introducing Slow Feed Hay Nets to your horses for the first time. The 4cm hole will slow your horse down, but not so much as to cause frustration. You will reap the benefits of reduced wastage, whilst at the same time providing significant benefits to your horse's health.
6cm (60mm) Holes: Our 6cm nets are primarily designed as a Hay Saver as opposed to being a slow feeder product. It is a popular option for hay that is stalky or not very palatable. Our 6cm nets are great for broodmares, young stock & old horses that don't require slowing down. This size will slow the consumption rate marginally, however more so it will keep your hay together and minimise wastage.