Knotless GutzBusta® Hay Nets:
This super soft netting is made from 0.2in (5mm) thick and high strength PP (polypropylene) and comes in a strong 240ply, the strongest on the Australian market!
Which hay net hole size suits my horse or livestock best?
If you are unsure of what hay net hole size to choose, please click here to read our information page which discusses the sizing a little more to help you decide which hole size is the best choice for your horse or livestock. If you are still unsure, then please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss your individual animals' requirements and situation.
Like our regular knotted nets, the knotless hay nets are available in Small, Medium, Large as well as in Round Bales and Large Square Bales. This means the new nets are still super easy to fill due to nice wide-open mouths.
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 sure how 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
If you are unsure of what hay net hole size to choose, please click here to read our information page which breaks down the sizing a little more to help you decide which hole size is the best choice for your horse or livestock. If you are still unsure, then please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss your individual animals' requirements and situation. There are MANY factors that will affect the choice of hay net hole size for your individual situation.
Why use GutzBusta® Slow Feed Hay Nets?
All GutzBusta Hay Nets including the Round Bale Hay Nets decrease wastage by up to 46%. In our situation, a 4x4 round bale of pasture hay can last 3 to 4 horses for 7 to 15 days with a 4cm net, depending on how cold the weather is. This rate was for Winter, however, in Summer, we found that a 4x4 lasted these horses nearly 3 months due to being low sugar/palatability.
Our products are designed with large drawstrings to secure the hay net around your round bale. It’s easier to put on compared to other hay nets available in the market. We’ve been making and selling hay nets for over 12 years (since 2011) and we know how the netting behaves over time. This is why we developed a size and pattern that works to enable these nets to last longer.
For more information and photos about our hay nets, please visit our livestock page and our FAQ & Help page.
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.
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. If your horse is shod then simply tie your net up a little higher with smaller nets or you can also put your net inside a box or other device that stops their feet from coming into contact with their hay net.
Similarly, do not let horned animals such as sheep or goats, and cattle with ear tags eat from the hay nets as they may tear the netting, get entangled, or remove the ear tags.