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


    Up to 50% straw saving


    Up to 75% labour saving


    Spreads all types of round and rectangular bales


    Only one tractor or materials handler required to operate


    Minimal dust generation; improved health and welfare


    Truly self-loading bale processor from the stack


    Simple attach and detach in seconds


    No electrical connections required


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


    Very low maintenance and running costs


    Bale feeding options available


    Continuous pipeline development

    Our Spread-a-Bale machines are 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

    Former dairy farmer Michael Hughes invented, developed and patented Spread-a-Bale two decades ago. 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

    See Our Machines in Action

    Four Simple Steps to Using Spread-a-Bale

    How to Attach

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    How to Load

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    How to Detwine

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    How to Spread

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    What Our Customers Say

    We’ve halved the time spent each day bedding the pens with up to nine round bales since going from manual spreading to investing in the Micro ST. In fact, it’s one of the few bits of kit on the farm we use every day, and its one we couldn’t do without.

    • Fits perfectly in our 3m wide passageways on the JCB403.
    • Halved the time spent bedding up to just one hour a day.
    • Enables us to spread straw up to 5m and exactly where we want it, direct into each pen.
    • Provides a more even, comfortable bed for the pigs.
    • Results in muck that’s more consistent, and easier to handle and spread.
    • Minimises dust, minimises pig health and welfare issues.
    • Offers a safe working environment for the operator inside the sealed JCB cab, instead of throwing straw down from above the pens.
    John Bunting, Essex 3,000 head weaner finisher unit

    We’ve cut total time spent loading and bedding up by 60% to just 30 minutes a day since going from manual straw spreading to investing in Spread-a-Bale’s ST, and there’s minimal dust.

    The machine works perfectly in our accommodation with 10’ wide narrow doors and passageways and we’ve a first-time opportunity to use preferred 8’ long bales.

    Jimmy Nightingale, North Yorkshire: 1,950 head pig finishing unit

    Spread-a-Bale has been a game changer for us. Since we swapped our chopper blower for a Maxi Spread-a-Bale we’ve virtually halved our straw usage to five rectangular bales spread every other day and we’ve cut time spent attaching, loading and spreading by 60% to just 40 minutes in total.

    Lewis Riley, Huddersfield: 400 head beef


    How We Can Help

    Our straw spreading machines can be used in a variety of applications for many livestock species as well as reprocessing.


    Please get in touch using the contact form

    Office +44 (0)1244 394258

    David +44 (0)7904 899289

    Didier (France) +33 607 38 97 69

    Dietmar (Germany) +49 175 68 55 060