Hay Net Help – choosing the right size netting…..

Just Grazin Custom Nets

It is important to consider what size netting would be most suited to your personal situation. Therefore we’re here to offer you some hay net help with your decision. Each size netting suits different hay types, different individual horses and livestock. Netting choice will also be impacted by what you want from the net, whether its to reduce waste, slow the rate of consumption or a combination of both.

3x3cm Netting

Is your horse a pro at using a slow feeder and you find the traditional 4cm netting is just not quite small enough? Do you have laminitic ponies, own mini’s or do you feed out top quality leafy hay?

3cm x 3cm netting is recommended for animals who are experienced with using slow feed hay nets or for use with mini’s, goats, sheep etc. This size netting is best used with high quality leafy hay, the type of hay your horse/animals usually eat fast. Be mindful though, that some horses may be frustrated by this size if they aren’t conditioned to using a slow feed hay net, others are happy to graze from the net straight away with no worries.

Slow Feed Hay Net

4x4cm Netting

Just Grazin Custom Nets

Are you looking for a hay net to slow down consumption? Do you feed good quality hay and want to reduce the waste?

4cm x 4cm is the traditional netting size most commonly used for slow feeding hay. This is our most popular netting as its a good general purpose netting size suitable for the majority of hay types. The perfect size for reducing hay waste as well as slowing consumption when using good quality hay.

6x6cm Netting

Are you sick and tired of your hay being spread around and wasted?

6cm x 6cm netting is ideal for those who mainly want to stop their horses wasting so much hay. It does slow consumption, but not as much as 3cm or 4cm netting. Suited to all types of hay. including hay of lower quality & cereal hays. This size is also a great choice for old or retired horses, it won’t restrict their forage intake too much, but will save you $ on waste.

NOTE: Prior to use, be sure your horse’s hooves are larger than the size of the netting. 6cm netting is not recommended for foals or mini’s due to their small feet. If using with small footed animals, ensure their feet cannot access the net as there is a chance they may become tangled. Please read our FAQs for ideas on using slow feed hay nets with shod/small footed animals.
6cm netting

Hay Net Help – Trouble Shooting…….

Signs your netting may be too small

* There are consistent holes being made in the net.

* Evidence of spinning the net around and around, trying to find a way to get to the hay

* Horses/livestock have given up trying to get the hay.

These issues are usually resolved by – increasing the hole size of the netting used OR improving the quality of hay being fed.

hay net problems

Signs you could try smaller size netting

* Hay is being consuming as fast as it was prior to using the slow feed hay net

* There is a large amount of waste left on the ground (provided the hay is of good quality, that its not just stalk left behind)

Hay Net Help – Net Sizes Available……


Small Size Net

Small Size Hay Nets – These are the perfect size for feeding out a few biscuits of hay. They will comfortably hold up to 3 biscuits of hay. This makes them the ideal size to use for feeding out Lucerne, taking away to competitions, using in your float or around the yard. Also perfect for feeding your ponys daily hay ration. Easy to fill, ideal for smaller portions of hay up to 3 biscuits. They extend feeding time and reduce the amount of hay wasted vs feeding hay loose.

Half Bale

Half Bale Size Nets

Half Bale Net – Easily holds up to half a standard bale of hay. Great for feeding out hay to several horses (who are happy to share of course). The half bale size is ideal for feeding out grassy hay, making hay available to your horse over night or for extended periods of time. These nets are very generously sized, easy to fill. They are a simple and convenient way to feed out your horses daily hay ration.

Full Bale

Full Bale Size Nets

Full Bale Net – The bees knees when it comes to feeding out a full standard rectangle bale of hay. For true continuous slow feeding, especially for horses kept on dry lots/sacrifice paddocks without access to pasture. This size can be used with several horses in a shared area (provided they get along) or is perfect for having hay available 24/7 for your horse.

Round Bale

Round Bale Size Nets

Round Bale Nets – Just Grazin® custom nets come in the following standard sizes for round bale nets; 3x4foot, 4x4foot, 5x4foot and 6x4foot. These hay nets fully enclose the entire round bale keeping it secure inside the netting. Feeding out round bales is the most cost effective way to provide forage 24/7, unfortunately they are also the size which generate the most waste! Just Grazin® nets drastically reduce the waste which occurs when round bales aren’t contained or are fed loose.


Custom Size Nets

Cant find the size hay net you need? Just Grazin Custom Nets stock an extensive range of sizes, but if you need something specific we offer a custom size service. Simply send us your measurements and we can get you sorted, making the exact size net you require. There is NO additional fee for this service!

Custom Net