Your Spread-A-Bale will be fitted with your choice of mountings. Attaching and detaching the machine is a quick, simple task.

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Spread-A-Bale is unique in being self loading: raise the gate and reverse the belt to pull the bale into the chamber, out of a stack or off the ground.

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Once you have cut and removed the bale twine or net-wrap you’re ready to spread the straw.

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Simply raise the machine into the desired position and by varying the engine revs you will spread a bale up to 8 metres quickly and safely, reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

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Why is Spread-a-Bale unique?

Spread-a-Bale is both a simple and efficient machine.  “Does what it says on the label”.

Spread-a-Bale’s advantage are:

  • Spreads both Round and Rectangular bales
  • Truly self-loading from the stack
  • Only requires one tractor/loader
  • Very quick, simple attach and detach
  • Only requires 55 litres/per min of oil flow
  • Easily and quickly remove the bale string/wrapping
  • Spreads a bale effortlessly in under 45 seconds
  • Customers report using up to 50% less straw
  • Customers report labour/time savings of up to 75%
  • No chopping results in minimal dust generation
  • Less dust reduces animal health problems and costs
  • Low machine depreciation and high resale values
  • Very low maintenance and running costs
  • Lower straw usage means less manure handling costs
  • Spread-a-Bale owners are happy and more profitable.
  • Very low carbon footprint and sustainability
  • High animal welfare

Award Winning Product

  • 1999 – MAFF Science into Practice Award
  • 2001 – HRH Prince Philip award for best technical exhibit at RABDF dairy event
  • 2006 – RASE Gold Medal machinery award as voted by farmers and customers

Using Spread-a-Bale

There have been over 1,500 Spread-a-Bales sold throughout the World.  Spread-a-Bale is the most versatile bale processor and is being used in the following enterprises/sectors:

  • Dairy
  • Beef Production
  • Veal Production
  • Goat Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Pig Production
  • Poultry Production
  • Bale Reprocessing
  • Feeding Bales
  • Land Reclamation

Model Range

Our 2016 “M” model range is

  • Mini Machine
  • Super Mini Machine
  • Midi Machine
  • Maxi Machine

The above models are available in standard (end mounting and front discharge) and are also available with side mounting and side discharge to suit your farm layout.

We are also able to offer a Feeding Deflector on all models and a Trailed Mounting Kit, again for all models.

Please go to our Model Selector Tab to find which machine suits your requirements.


Spread-a-Bale was invented in the late 1990’s by Cheshire dairy farmer, Michael Hughes, whilst breeding his Holstein cattle in the Mickerra Elite Breeding Programme.  He had high value animals and did not want to compromise their welfare by using pneumatic chopper blower machines.

New Product Lines

Feeding Hay in Front of Manitou

Trailed machine

Our Manufacturing & Distribution Partner

We work closely with Thomas Storey Fabrications Group Ltd, based in Manchester, UK.  They currently manufacture the “M” range and have marketing rights for the UK and Ireland. For all UK and Ireland enquiries please go to


Patent Protection

Spread-a-Bale is patent protected:

  • European Patent No. 0944300 granted June 2003
  • Australian Patent: 2006200088 granted 2009
  • New Zealand Patent: 517022 granted 2005
  • PCT GB/2013/000019

We are continually developing our ideas and filing patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Spread-a-Bale is a registered trademark across Europe.

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