LiveStock Steel for Feed Bunks

Guardrail holds off bullDrop off a passel of starving cowboys at their favorite watering hole and things can get rowdy. Feed bunks at the grubbing end of 100 hungry head can also get a lot of abuse. A great innovation that’s been picked up by a ton of beef and dairy producers has been the portable, bottomless feed bunks built with our stout guardrail cattle panel.

Feed-time can up the emotional intensity of cattle as they feel the pressure to ‘root for their own tit.’ They can stomp, drag, push and shove the feeder, each other and the feed. Cattlemen need solid feeder platforms built to handle the abuse – for decades. Because its plentiful, affordable and durable, LiveStock Steel’s the perfect platform for building life-long feed boxes.


Anyone with a few LiveStock Steel guardrail panels has the essentials of building their own bottomless guardrail feed boxes. It will easily build to two heights:


An approx. 2 feet tall feeder is quickly built by stacking one W-beam directly on top of the other.


This is where you can place additional information on key points about the position, keeping things shorter if possible.

Building guardrail bottomless bunk feeders has become the fast, easy, lifetime solution for hundreds of cattle handlers. Several weld shops are now producing their own variations of the bottomless bunks.

Of course, the big payoff of the portable guardrail bottomless feed bunks is getting the most out of your feed. The bunks keep the feed concentrated, preventing the animals from drastically reducing feed uptake efficiency by dispersing their feed.

Bottomless feeders are typically built with the top opening somewhere between 3-4 feet in width. Some construct their feed bunks with the opening at the top slightly wider than the bottom of the trough. This allows the bunks to typically accommodate more feed than the bunk can accommodate animals. Guardrail feed bunks can handle a wide variety of feed stuffs: Fluffy, roughage/hay-type feed as well as almost any type of silage.

Here’s a few “How-To” points with guardrail feed bunks: Its best if bunks are moved around to a variety of flat areas where the cattle can access it all the way around. Moving the bunks every now and then allows for distribution of the surface damage caused by the concentrated hoof traffic around the feeder. This also seems to help keep the ground surrounding feed bunks as dry and level.

Portable bottomless feed bunks should be made with the intention of being moved around easily. Movement is often done with loader forks lifting the unit via an integrated lifting bar. However, some ranchers simply use a chain to hook at a safe hoisting point(s).

If you’re like most folks, you love using the steel waste leftover from various other projects. Feed Bunk frames can be built out of many different types of steel. Got extra Tubing, Angle Iron, I-Beams, Channel Iron, Oil-field pipe and/or Flat Plate lying around? Bolt OR weld it together with LiveStock Steel and you’ll have a Feed Bunk to last you a lifetime!