February 27, 2015

Slow Feeder Netting For Hay - Horses, Donkeys, Goats

Over the last couple of years a unique and interesting netting application has become quite popular, and it has to do with using nylon netting to contain hay that is being consumed by horses, goats, and donkeys.

One of the main issues that the animal owners are consistently dealing with is the pace at which hay gets eaten, and trying to regulate the amount of hay actually needed to have available over time.  Hay is expensive, and from a financial standpoint it is very beneficial for horse owners to avoid waste and unnecessary overhead.  And from a health standpoint, horses will simply continue to eat and graze from their available hay pile even if they aren't really hungry anymore.  Apparently if the available hay is there, no matter what it will simply be eaten up as fast as possible due to the nature of horses and their typical behavior.  So not so great for the weight and health of the animal, nor for the weight and health of the wallet!

So a solution that has been gaining popularity over the years is the concept of a "slow feeder" - which entails encapsulating the hay within netting.  The idea is that the netting covers the hay, and restricts the amount of hay that can be picked out of the pile or bale at a single sitting.  So rather than unrestricted mouthfuls of hay, the mesh of the netting only allows for a smaller amount of food to be pulled through the material at a time.  This means that the horses slow down their feeding, while still getting the amount of hay required to sate their hunger.  From what we've heard on the phone from dozens of horse owners is that the horses will eat out of boredom or "just because it's there" rather than out of necessity.  So the result accomplishes two very important goals:
  1. To efficiently and effectively combat overeating of hay, resulting in better weight and health management of the animals - while still allowing for regular and dependable food availability.
  2. To regulate and manage the overall amount of hay needed in the first place, helping the budgeting and bottom-line of food costs over time.
Slow-Feeder nets are also very popular for use with goats and donkeys as well.

There are a few different mesh sizes and twine thicknesses that are selected for this sort of netting use - and the most popular for horses is a 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting, diamond mesh pattern.  Generally in a #36 or #21 twine thickness

However, we have customers that use 1" and 2" netting for this type of hay application as well - because some customers are throttling the amount of hay access to a larger or smaller degree based on their own personal preferences.  On average, the most typical and preferred netting option selected is the #36 X 1-3/4" DuPont twisted-knotted nylon netting, diamond mesh pattern.  At Gourock.com we supply this netting according to any particular dimensions needed, and you can take a look at the netting at this page of the Gourock site and store.

Here are some recent photos and feedback from a customer that is using the #36 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting for slow-feeder hay use.  Her feedback and photos are very helpful for context and results from using Gourock netting for hay nets.  

Thank you very much Sherri!

"I love your netting it has lasted a year straight of everyday use by my horses and donkey. I have finally gotten around to sending you these pics. I have recommended your nets to friends."

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

February 25, 2015

Home Style Batting Cage Net - New Size Available, 12' X 14' X 35'

Over the last several years the Home Style Batting Cage Nets have consistently been one of the most popular netting options that we have available at Gourock.com.  This style of batting cage netting features some great materials and construction features, and are built in a selection of convenient and traditional dimensions.

We have just included a new sizing offer to the regular product lineup, which is 12' high X 14' wide X 35' long.
This sizing is a great consideration for private customers that seek a batting cage net that is shorter in length, but has a conventionally full-sized height and length.  Whether the plan is to hang the netting within an existing framing structure, or if the net is being suspended from tensioned cables, this net is very user-friendly and it performs very well for longterm residential and private-use installations.  You can check out some additional product details at this page of the Gourock website, and online orders can be placed through the shopping cart as well.

Home Batting Cage Netting Details

The Home-Style Batting Cage Nets feature high tenacity #36 X 1-3/4" PolyPro netting (160 lb./twine), 3/8" HDPE "Posi-Lock" rope borders (on all edges + ceiling-line), an overlapping Entrance Door, and 6" Loops off all corners/lines. Netting is braided/knotless/square-mesh with 4 Units of UV Stabilization.  
Great for residentially-geared outdoor installations!

Available Sizes & Dimensions (height' X width' X length'):

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

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