So back before I had a tracked skidsteer and my feeding area was nothing but a big mud hole I used to feed with a wheeled skidsteer at a round bale feeder. What a mess. Big ruts,getting stuck halfway to the feeder with a bale on the front. Huge mess. Then one night I am going to feed in the dark and the starter goes out on the skidsteer. So here I am, its dark, cold and muddy. I got cows fussing cause they are hungry and a broke down skidsteer. That's when I realized I have a 6k lb mini ex sitting in the barn. I use the hoe to roll the bale onto the top of the backfill blade. I then lift the backfill blade to lift one end of the bale up while pinching and lifting the other end with the hoe. I can then track up to the feeder. Once there I can use the thumb to pinch the bale and lift it up into the feeder. Works pretty slick in a pinch.Now that is a good idea.
Yup, I kind of did the same thing. I build a "peninsula" out into the field with a feeder at the end. I can then store bales in the fenced out peninsula and never get my skidsteer/tractor/mini actually in the manure. I've been doing it this way for probably 5 years now. Wish I would have done it this way 15 years ago..I'm siderailing this a bit... @PaMike, this is why I'm getting ready to build fenceline hay feeders. No more muck and mire. The panels will be portable as well. Unhook them to use elsewhere when needed.