Goats are notorious for wasting hay. They pull it out of the feeder and onto the ground and then refuse to eat what's on the ground. The plastic barrel hay feeder works extremely well and cuts down on waste. Simply cut 3 goat-head sized holes about 1/2 way up the barrel, put 2 cement blocks in the bottom to keep the goats from knocking it over, and fill from the top with hay. As you can see from the picture, I've bungeed a piece of wood to the top of mine because the goat in the picture loved to stand on top of the barrel, in the hay, and feed. The top keeps out the little goat "marbles."
I have these feeders in both goat sheds. I'd like to figure out a way to use them in the open pasture and still keep the hay dry during wet weather. Any ideas?