World class square and round bale spreading solutions

  • Saves straw, time and labour
  • Only one loader required
  • Reduce dust and health risk
  • Very low maintenance and very reliable


Spread a bale

Providing all livestock farmers with a solution to one of the most laborious tasks – spreading bedding straw

Spread a bale

Providing all livestock farmers with a solution to one of the most laborious tasks – spreading bedding straw

Spread a bale

Providing all livestock farmers with a solution to one of the most laborious tasks – spreading bedding straw

Welcome to Spread-a-Bale

Spread-a-Bale is a simple, reliable and efficient time saving machine suited to all operations, regardless of scale and livestock species

    Spreads all types of round and rectangular bales

    Truly self-loading bale processor from the stack

    Only one tractor or materials handler required to operate

    Simple attach and detach in seconds

    Minimal dust generation thanks to no chopping, resulting in potential reduced vet and med

    Significantly lower straw usage,less manure, reduced costs, improved efficiency

    No electrical connections required

    Substantial labour saving

    Fast and effortless bale spreading – one bale processed in less than 45 seconds

    Very low maintenance and running costs

    Only one tractor or materials handler required

    Low machine depreciation and high resale value

    Bale feeding has recently been added to the portfolio

    Spread-a-Bale is working on beef, dairy, sheep, equine, pig and poultry units in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania. The company is also active in the recycling and reprocessing sector.

      About Us

      Spread-a-Bale was invented, developed and patented two decades ago by former dairy farmer, Michael Hughes. Today he heads up the British based company which is now synonymous with high quality machines built in its own factory for the agricultural and recycling markets.

      Spread-a-Bale machines are built for endurance with demanding applications. Reliability and durability are paramount.

      The company has a global network of dealers and distributors trading in 25 countries and within five Continents. New distribution channels and networks are welcome.

      Spread-a-Bale’s well trained friendly staff are able to advise all customers of the machine best suited to their operation whilst their local dealer will provide support throughout the machine’s lifetime.

      About Spread-a-Bale

      Providing livestock farmers with an easy solution to one of the most laborious tasks – bedding and feeding straw, hay and haylage. Corn and rice stalks and haulm can also be spread.

      Spread-a-Bale offers a unique operation that can be customised to suit your building, handler, bale size and density.


      Unlike other mechanical blowers and spreaders, Spread-a-Bale’s spreading rotors gently accelerate the product, they tease the bale apart and throw it with minimum dust generation.

      The result 

      Saves straw: longer straw makes for a longer lasting bed, resulting in:

      • Our customers commonly report
      • up to 50% straw saving over manual spreading with square bales, up to 25% for round bales
      • up to 25% reduced requirement over other mechanical spreading systems


      • Saves time and labour: one person can spread one rectangular bale typically in 45 seconds – faster than any other available spreaders, shredders, choppers and bale processors  



      • Reduces dust and subsequent health risks for both farmers, operators and their livestock: minimal dust reduces the risk of pneumonic conditions and eye infections and in turn reduces antibiotic usage, together with injuries from foreign object missiles
      • Improves welfare: the entire system has a much reduced carbon footprint over any other mechanised system
      • Improves environment: minimises dust, significantly reduces carbon footprint
      • Improves business efficiency: lowers the system’s overall costs and contributes to a competitive advantage

      How to

      How to Attach

      How to Load

      How to Detwine


      How to Spread

      Bret Marshall

      "We’ve just bought a Maxi Spread-a-Bale and it’s proving to be super-efficient; a great investment. It’s saving a lot of time and we can now do other jobs - it used to take us half a day to bed up 20 Hestons by hand whereas now we’re spreading 8 to 10 in 30 minutes"

      Beef Breeder, Warwickshire

      Josh Wilson

      "We invested in a Maxi Spread-a-Bale four years ago; it’s a good bit of kit.  It would be taking me most of the day to bed up 600 head of beef cattle plus a further 200 dairy cows, whereas nowadays it’s taking us just under two hours a day to spread 14 Heston bales; and we’re working in some tight spaces which I don’t think other machines could manoeuvre around." - 

      Parkinson Partners, Atherstone: 200 dairy cows, 600 beef cattle

      Andrew Tucker

      "We’re bedding up three times a week and we used to manually roll out four bales each time. Since we invested in Spread-a-Bale it’s saving us a lot of effort and time – up to 90 minutes each time we bed up. It’s also made the job a lot safer since we no longer have to get in with the stock." - 

      Farm Manager, Bradford-on-Avon: 250 head beef inc 100 suckler cows



      sheep & goat



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      Office Location

      Spread-a-Bale Ltd, Rosscliffe Road, Rossmore Industrial Estate, Ellesmere Port, CH65 3AS, UK