4cm - 6x4 kotless round bale
GutzBusta® Knotted Hay Nets - Round Bales
GutzBusta® Knotted Hay Nets - Round Bales
 Knotted Hay Nets - 6x4 Round Bale Net
GutzBusta® Knotted Hay Nets - Round Bales
GutzBusta® Knotted Hay Nets - Round Bales

Knotted Hay Nets - 6x4 Round Bale Net


Mesh Size: 1-1/4” – Decelerator

1-1/4” – Decelerator
1-3/4” – Moderate
2-1/2” – Free and Easy
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Total price:$295.99
  • This item: Knotted Hay Nets - 6x4 Round Bale Net $290.00
  • Carabiner Clip - Heavy Duty $5.99

GutzBusta® Round Bale Hay Nets offer a smart solution for managing your hay costs. Designed for 6x4 round bales, these hay nets provide numerous benefits, including reducing the incidence of colic, choke, stomach ulcers, boredom, hay wastage, and stable vices. By using GutzBusta® Hay Nets, you can improve the overall well-being of your livestock while saving on expenses.

Here's why GutzBusta® Round Bale Hay Nets are the top choice for cost-conscious farmers and horse owners:
  • Efficient Sizing: Our hay nets come in different sizes, perfectly matched to your bale dimensions. The 6x4 round bale size measures 78" x 82" (2.0m x 2.1m), ensuring a snug fit and maximum coverage.
  • Customizable Hole Sizes: We offer three hole sizes (1 1/4", 1 3/4", and 2 1/2") to suit your horse or livestock's feeding preferences. From gutsy eaters to older animals, you can choose the ideal hole size to promote controlled consumption and minimize hay wastage.
Not sure which size or hole size to choose? Visit our information page for guidance or reach out to our friendly support team for personalized assistance. We're here to ensure you find the perfect fit for your animals' needs.
  • How do I measure a round bale to determine the right size?
  • How do I properly attach a hay net to a round bale? Check out our detailed instructions and video tutorial on our Blog page.
  • Seeking flexibility in sizing? Our most versatile hay net fits both Large Square Bales and various round bale sizes up to 6x5, providing you with options during uncertain hay availability.

Not sure what size to purchase?

Did you know that you can always buy a bigger net and convert it down to the smaller-sized bale if needed?  However, if for example you are only ever going to get 4x4 round bales, then there is no use buying a larger hay net. Do you know how to measure a round bale of hay to decide what sized round bale you need? Not surehow to put your hay net onto a round bale? We have extensive information on this on our Blog page which includes a video link. For a super detailed version of how to put a hay net on your round bale with lots of options on what to do with the drawstring, then please click here. Both the knotless and knotted hay nets are made from our very own GutzBusta® sizes that we have developed over the years with feedback from our customers. They are superior in size, strength, and useability. Having a super wide mouth that makes them easy to fill is one of the greatest attributes of our nets.

It’s also important to note that you cannot compare the knotted nets to the knotless ones in terms of ply as they are made of entirely different materials. Ply refers to how many individual strands are in each section of the netting. The strength is in how strong those individual strands are, how tight they are, and what material they are made from. So you are comparing apples to oranges if you are comparing knotless to knotted in terms of ply.

Are you after some flexibility in sizing?

Sometimes, especially in drought situations we simply don't know where our hay is coming from next. If you want a hay net that is flexible to all round bale sizes, then perhaps consider purchasing a 6x4 round bale hay net. I personally use this 6x4 size on 4x4 round bales without issue. For simple instructions on how to convert a 6x4 hay net onto a smaller-sized round bale, please. click here. The 6x4 nets fit well on 5x5 bales of hay and will still encapsulate the hay bale.

  • Sometimes it might be round bales, and sometimes a Large Square 8x4x3 or 8x3x3 bale of hay is all that you can get, such as in a drought. In these times, our most flexible hay net is basically a 'one size fits all' is the Large Square Export (8x4x4 / 8x3x4) net, as it will fit both the round bales and the large square bales. The Large Square Bales are available in both knotted and knotless. This is how easy it is to adjust the hay net down a size (see second page).

Round Bale Sizes:

  • Bale Size| Hay Net Size
    • 3x4 | 43" x 67" (1.1m x 1.7m)
    • 4x4 | 57" x 72" (1.45m x 1.85m)
    • 5x4 | 68" x 78" (1.75m x 2.0m)
    • 6x4 | 78" x 82" (2.0m x 2.1m)
  • Hole sizes available:
    • 3x4 - 1 1/4" (3cm), 1 3/4" (4cm) and 2 1/2" (6cm)
    • 4x4 -1 1/4" (3cm), 1 3/4" (4cm) and 2 1/2" (6cm); NEW: 7/8th" (2cm)
    • 5x4 - 1 1/4" (3cm), 1 3/4" (4cm) and 2 1/2" (6cm)
    • 6x4 - 1 1/4" (3cm), 1 3/4" (4cm) and 2 1/2" (6cm)
    • Colour: Black

Please remember to take precautions when using hay nets. Remove buckled headgear and secure the net at an appropriate height for your horses. For horned animals or those with ear tags, it's advisable to use additional protective measures to prevent damage to the netting. Experience the benefits of GutzBusta® Round Bale Hay Nets and start saving on hay costs today! Order now and ensure your livestock enjoy optimal feeding while minimizing wastage. Don't waste your hay—choose GutzBusta® and let your animals thrive!

Please note that each size of round bale is ‘true to size’ and if you only ever purchase 4x4 bales of hay for instance, then you only need to purchase a 4x4 hay net. Our hay nets are on the generous side, so although they won’t fit the next size up, they will allow for individual size variances depending on the farmer who makes the bales.


  • Shoes: If your horse is shod then simply tie your net up a little higher if it is a smaller net. If you are using a round bale or larger size net, then put your net inside a large box, hay ring or other device that stops their feet from coming into contact with their hay net. Direct contact of shoes and nets is not recommended.
  • It is not recommended to leave buckled halters or other types of buckled headgear on your horse when using ANY type of hay net as your horse may get caught.
  • Similarly, do not let horned animals such as cattle, sheep or goats eat from the nets due to possible entanglement.
  • Cattle or stock with ear tags are cautioned from eating from the hay nets as they may rub their head and potentially remove the ear tags.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Emily McBlair
Use for cattle

This fit perfectly around the top edge of our round bale feeder for our cattle, hoping to slow the ladies down so there isn't so much wasted. One week in and so far so good, quality looks durable, we'll see how long it holds up. 4 Star for now, maybe 5 down the road if the views 6 don't tear it up in a month. Can't say yet.

Nancy Slater
6 x 4 knotted hay net

I wasn’t sure about a knotted net but since I had great experience with the knotless I decided to try it and it is working out great. It fits really well and was easy to put on and adjust. It has been nearly three weeks and I have NO WASTE of hay. The bale before this I did not have a net large enough to cover and it lasted only about a month and hay was everywhere! Super happy with ALL the nets I have purchased from Gutzbusta!

I’m buying two more

These nets have saved us this year with the coast of hay. There’s little to no waste compared to other nets. I have them on hay for cattle and they have not destroyed them. Very well made

saioa barrena
Great service and product

Great hay net. It’s sturdy and keeps my 2 very hungry hippos entertained fishing the hay through the holes



Which Hole Size should I choose?

When choosing a hay net hole size, several factors should be considered. Here is a summary of the key points for each hole size mentioned:

¾” Sized Holes:

  • Suitable for "expert level" ponies that can eat from 1 ¼” hay nets at impressive speeds.
  • Recommended for horses or ponies that have mastered eating from a 1 ¼” hay net.
  • Ideal for feeding Lucerne to greedy horses or ponies.

1 ¼” Sized Holes:

  • Great for voracious eaters, such as ponies, minis, and horses familiar with slow feed hay nets.
  • Laminitic horses usually benefit from 1 ¼” sized hay nets.
  • Relieves boredom for stabled horses or as a backup net for when the first hay net empties.
  • Recommended for gutzy horses, ponies, or livestock, especially with palatable hay or slow feed experience.
  • Not commonly used for goats, cows, or sheep, but some may use it with palatable hay.

1 ¾” Sized Holes:

  • The most popular hole size for slow feeding, accepted by over 90% of horses.
  • Suitable for slightly stalky hay, providing hay-saving benefits and increasing hay longevity.

2 ½” Sized Holes:

  • Ideal for saving on hay without significant restriction.
  • Commonly used with low-sugar or coarse and stalky hay, great for older horses and cattle.
  • Suitable for pregnant broodmares or younger horses where slow feeding is unnecessary.
  • Caution: Ensure hoof size is larger than netting size for horse safety.

General Considerations:

  • GutzBusta 1 ¾” holes are a good starting point, with flexibility to go up or down in size.
  • Weather and hay type can influence the suitable hole size.
  • Palatability determines the hole size, with more palatable hay allowing for smaller holes.
  • Horse's health status, weight, and workload should be considered when choosing a hole size.
  • 1 ¾” and 2 ½” sizes are suitable for saving on wastage, while 1 ¼” slows down eating.
  • Monitor horse's response when introducing a new hay net to avoid over-facing.
  • Different livestock can use various hole sizes, with 1 ¾” being common.
  • Different hole sizes are used throughout the year, for various hays, health conditions, and weight management.
  • Be cautious with shod horses and use appropriate hay rings/feeder to prevent entanglement.

Which Bag Size should I choose?

  1. Extra Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 1 generous biscuit of hay. Suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

  2. Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 3 generous biscuits of hay. Versatile and strong, suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

  3. Medium: Capable of holding up to 4-6 biscuits or half a bale of hay. Ideal as an overnight net for stables, yards, and floats.

  4. Large: Full small bale-sized net available. Easy to load a full small bale of hay into. Suitable for stables, yards, and paddocks.

  5. Extra Large: Perfectly fits a 3-Stringer Bale.

  6. Round Bale: Available for different round bale sizes (3x4, 4x4, 5x4, 6x4). Comes in various net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm).

  7. 8x3x3 / 8x4x3 / 8x4x4: Large square bales in sizes 8x4x4, 8x4x3 and 8x3x3. Available in different net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm). Can fit all sizes of round bales.

Note: Custom sizes are not available for premade hay nets.

Knotless vs Knotted

Our Knotted and knotless hay nets are made from UV-stabilized polyethylene netting and have been in use for 8 years. They come in various ply sizes and are tough, durable, and easily repairable. They have been used by many horses and can last 2 to 6 years. Knotted nets are suitable for soaking hay and do not take on the weight of water. They are available in black and offer hole sizes of 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm.

On the other hand, the knotless hay nets are made from high-strength, UV Stabilized polypropylene and have been available since 2019. They are softer and do take on some weight when soaked. The deluxe knotless nets are considered more luxurious and have become popular due to their softness. They are the strongest on the market with 240 ply and come in hole sizes of 20mm, 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm. Knotless nets are also only available in black.

When it comes to strength and longevity, there isn't a significant difference between knotted and knotless nets. Both types have proven to be tough, durable, and long-lasting. While some horses may prefer one material over the other, there is no way to predict which will suit an individual horse better without trying them. Ultimately, the lifespan of the nets depends on the individual horse and usage. Knotted nets have been used for 2 to 6 years without needing repairs, while the lifespan of knotless nets is still unknown after 3 years of use.

Returns & Exchanges

Returns & Exchanges

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from our store. If you have any issues with your order, please contact us at Gutzbusta so that we can make it right. We have a clear and concise Returns and Refund Policy to make the process as smooth as possible.


Returning Items

To return an item, please contact us at our customer service team via the email below. Make sure to include your order number when contacting staff.

Please pack the item securely in its original packaging and include all accessories and documentation, making sure the order number is clearly visible on the box. We will not accept items that have been modified or used in any way. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping, unless the item is damaged or faulty.

Email: sales@gutzbusta.com 

Our Postal Address:


2020 Industrial Blvd
TX 75087 

Change of Mind

We accept returns for change of mind within 30 days of purchase. These can included swapping or exchanging item(s) for different sizes. The item(s) must be unused, in their original packaging, and in the same condition as when you received them.

We will issue a refund for the purchase price of the item(s) once we receive the item(s), excluding any shipping costs. While this process is under way, it is better to re-order with the correct item(s) to ensure your exchanged item(s) are delivered to you in a timely manner.

Incorrect Items Received

If you received the incorrect item(s), please contact us immediately. We will cover the cost of shipping the incorrect item(s) back to us. We will issue a replacement as soon as possible to you at no extra cost.

Damaged or Faulty Returns

If you receive damaged or faulty item(s), please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage or fault before we can process a return. We will cover the cost of shipping the item(s) back to us, and we will issue a replacement or full refund as soon as possible.

Damaged in Use

If your horse is using our nets and the net becomes damaged during use, please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage as well as the order number. Depending on the situation, we may offer a repair kit or exchange, subject to our discretion. Please note that general wear and tear, or damage caused by misuse may not be covered under our returns and refund policy.


Once we receive your returned item(s), we will inspect it to ensure that they are in resalable condition. If the item(s) are in resalable condition, we will issue a refund to the original payment method within 7 business days. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for the refund to appear on your account, depending on your bank or credit card company.

Thank you for shopping with us. If you have any questions or concerns about our Returns and Refund Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.