Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
GutzBusta knotless 4x4 Round Bale- 4cm
GutzBusta knotless 4x4 Round Bale- 6cm
Knotless and Knotted Hay Net comparison

Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale


Mesh Size: 20mm - Extreme Slow Feed

20mm - Extreme Slow Feed
30mm - Decelerator
40mm - Moderate
60mm - Free and Easy
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Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale is made from 5mm thick and high strength PP (polypropylene) and comes in a strong 240ply, the strongest on the Australian market! The nets are super easy to fill due to nice its wide-open mouth.

Round Bale Dimensions:

Knotless Hay Nets - 4'x4' Round Bale
  • 4x4: 1.45m Wide x Height 1.85m
    • Hole size:
      • 3x4 - 2cm, 3cm, 4cm and 6cm
      • 4x4 - 2cm, 3cm, 4cm and 6cm
      • 5x4 - 2cm 3cm, 4cm and 6cm
      • 6x4 - 2cm, 3cm, 4cm and 6cm
      • Colour: Black only
      • Drawstring Colour: Blue

      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?

      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 on 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

      We have now changed over to black nets again for our knotless range, with only a few white ones left.

      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 usability. 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 size, even on 4x4 round bales. For simple instructions on how to convert a 6x4 hay net onto a smaller-sized round bale, please click here.

      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

        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 10 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.


        • Shoes: If your horse is shod then simply tie your net up a little higher if it is a smaller net. If you are using a round bale or larger size net, then put your net inside a large box, hay ring or other device that stops their feet from coming into contact with their hay net. Direct contact of shoes and nets is not recommended.
        • 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.
        • Similarly, do not let horned animals such as cattle, sheep or goats eat from the nets due to possible entanglement.
        • Cattle or stock with ear tags are cautioned from eating from the hay nets as they may rub their head and potentially remove the ear tags.

        Customer Reviews

        Based on 8 reviews
        lorraine Johnson
        4 x 4 knotless hay net

        I'm really impressed with the quality of these nets, have had different ones from other buyers that didn't last at all, my 2 horses are only on hay and they are on their second big bale and the net is holding up really well with no holes, will happy buy again in the future

        Kitty Davis
        Silaege rolls

        Great , has reduced wastage and makes the roll last an extra couple of days . Definitely recommend

        Michelle Tuite
        Knotless 4x4 round bale

        Horsed were equally interested without wasting a single piece of hay. I was so impressed I've ordered a 2nd net. These nets will pay themselves off in no time at all.

        Margaret Lockyear
        Gutzbusta 4 x 4 Knotless Bale Net

        Brilliant with my miniature donkey herd. Because donkeys are browsers, they really need to have access to fodder all day, But not hay, they would get too fat. I buy round rolls of quality barley straw, which is mostly just fibre, and all of them gather round the net for much of the day. We built a shelter it fits under, just a roof with open sides, so the straw and net do not get wet. These knotless nets are brilliant.

        Mandy Shuker
        Really loving it

        I went with 4ft knotless 3cm round bale net. Horses adapted quickly, it is soft but strong and easy to put on. Well worth it



        Which Hole Size should I choose?

        When choosing a hay net hole size, several factors should be considered. Here is a summary of the key points for each hole size mentioned:

        20mm Sized Holes:

        • Suitable for "expert level" ponies that can eat from 30mm hay nets at impressive speeds.
        • Recommended for horses or ponies that have mastered eating from a 30mm hay net.
        • Ideal for feeding Lucerne to greedy horses or ponies.

        30mm Sized Holes:

        • Great for voracious eaters, such as ponies, minis, and horses familiar with slow feed hay nets.
        • Laminitic horses usually benefit from 30mm sized hay nets.
        • Relieves boredom for stabled horses or as a backup net for when the first hay net empties.
        • Recommended for gutzy horses, ponies, or livestock, especially with palatable hay or slow feed experience.
        • Not commonly used for goats, cows, or sheep, but some may use it with palatable hay.

        40mm Sized Holes:

        • The most popular hole size for slow feeding, accepted by over 90% of horses.
        • Suitable for slightly stalky hay, providing hay-saving benefits and increasing hay longevity.

        60mm Sized Holes:

        • Ideal for saving on hay without significant restriction.
        • Commonly used with low-sugar or coarse and stalky hay, great for older horses and cattle.
        • Suitable for pregnant broodmares or younger horses where slow feeding is unnecessary.
        • Caution: Ensure hoof size is larger than netting size for horse safety.

        General Considerations:

        • GutzBusta 40mm holes are a good starting point, with flexibility to go up or down in size.
        • Weather and hay type can influence the suitable hole size.
        • Palatability determines the hole size, with more palatable hay allowing for smaller holes.
        • Horse's health status, weight, and workload should be considered when choosing a hole size.
        • 40mm and 60mm sizes are suitable for saving on wastage, while 30mm slows down eating.
        • Monitor horse's response when introducing a new hay net to avoid over-facing.
        • Different livestock can use various hole sizes, with 40mm being common.
        • Different hole sizes are used throughout the year, for various hays, health conditions, and weight management.
        • Be cautious with shod horses and use appropriate hay rings/feeder to prevent entanglement.

        Which Bag Size should I choose?

        1. Extra Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 1 generous biscuit of hay. Suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

        2. Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 3 generous biscuits of hay. Versatile and strong, suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

        3. Medium: Capable of holding up to 4-6 biscuits or half a bale of hay. Ideal as an overnight net for stables, yards, and floats.

        4. Large: Full small bale-sized net available. Easy to load a full small bale of hay into. Suitable for stables, yards, and paddocks.

        5. Extra Large: Perfectly fits a 3-Stringer Bale.

        6. Round Bale: Available for different round bale sizes (3x4, 4x4, 5x4, 6x4). Comes in various net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm).

        7. 8x3x3 / 8x4x3 / 8x4x4: Large square bales in sizes 8x4x4, 8x4x3 and 8x3x3. Available in different net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm). Can fit all sizes of round bales.

        Note: Custom sizes are not available for premade hay nets.

        Knotless vs Knotted

        Our Knotted and knotless hay nets are made from UV-stabilized polyethylene netting and have been in use for 8 years. They come in various ply sizes and are tough, durable, and easily repairable. They have been used by many horses and can last 2 to 6 years. Knotted nets are suitable for soaking hay and do not take on the weight of water. They are available in black and offer hole sizes of 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm.

        On the other hand, the knotless hay nets are made from high-strength, UV Stabilised polypropylene and have been available since 2019. They are softer and do take on some weight when soaked. The deluxe knotless nets are considered more luxurious and have become popular due to their softness. They are the strongest on the market with 240 ply and come in hole sizes of 20mm, 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm. Knotless nets are also only available in black.

        When it comes to strength and longevity, there isn't a significant difference between knotted and knotless nets. Both types have proven to be tough, durable, and long-lasting. While some horses may prefer one material over the other, there is no way to predict which will suit an individual horse better without trying them. Ultimately, the lifespan of the nets depends on the individual horse and usage. Knotted nets have been used for 2 to 6 years without needing repairs, while the lifespan of knotless nets is still unknown after 3 years of use.

        Returns & Exchanges

        Returns & Exchanges

        We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from our store. If you have any issues with your order, please contact us at Gutzbusta so that we can make it right. We have a clear and concise Returns and Refund Policy to make the process as smooth as possible.

        Returning Items

        To return an item, please contact us at our customer service team via the email below. Make sure to include your order number when contacting staff.

        Please pack the item securely in its original packaging and include all accessories and documentation, making sure the order number is clearly visible on the box. We will not accept items that have been modified or used in any way. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping, unless the item is damaged or faulty.


        Postal Address: 

        GutzBusta Hay Nets
        Unit 7 / 1-13 Childs Road
        Chipping Norton NSW 2170

        Change of Mind

        We accept returns for change of mind within 30 days of purchase. These can included swapping or exchanging item(s) for different sizes. The item(s) must be unused, in their original packaging, and in the same condition as when you received them.

        We will issue a refund for the purchase price of the item(s) once we receive the item(s), excluding any shipping costs. While this process is under way, it is better to re-order with the correct item(s) to ensure your exchanged item(s) are delivered to you in a timely manner.

        Incorrect Items Received

        If you received the incorrect item(s), please contact us immediately. We will cover the cost of shipping the incorrect item(s) back to us. We will issue a replacement as soon as possible to you at no extra cost.

        Damaged or Faulty Returns

        If you receive damaged or faulty item(s), please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage or fault before we can process a return. We will cover the cost of shipping the item(s) back to us, and we will issue a replacement or full refund as soon as possible.

        Damaged in Use

        If your horse is using our nets and the net becomes damaged during use, please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage as well as the order number. Depending on the situation, we may offer a repair kit or exchange, subject to our discretion. Please note that general wear and tear, or damage caused by misuse may not be covered under our returns and refund policy.


        Once we receive your returned item(s), we will inspect it to ensure that they are in resalable condition. If the item(s) are in resalable condition, we will issue a refund to the original payment method within 7 business days. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for the refund to appear on your account, depending on your bank or credit card company.

        Thank you for shopping with us. If you have any questions or concerns about our Returns and Refund Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.