A SHORT STORY, farmers and ranchers have a reputation for being “the mothers of invention,” which is exactly how this line of hay feeders originated. Before retirement I was in the business of designing and building machinery, one for the USDA National Soil Dynamics Lab at Auburn University shown in this December 1986 article in Soybean Digest. This $430,000 contract was the result of a Story in the January 1985 issue of Progressive Farmer Magazine about my farm and the 120 foot long controlled traffic machine I designed and built. On October 7 1997 I was issued a US patent for a roll out tip down car top carrier. These are just a few examples of my many years of designing and building. After retirement I became a volunteer for the USDA Forest Service at Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho. One of my jobs there was to feed 17 head of pack horses and mules their daily ration of alfalfa. I hauled three or four 90 pound bales from the barn to the corral on a two wheel dolly and spread the flakes by hand. It didn’t take me long to decide there had to be a better way and after the 2011 season I went to my shop in Colorado and built the Small Bale Feeder then the Large Square Bale Feeder both for horses, and the Large Square Bale Feeder for cattle.