Fence-line Hay Feeding System

Minimum Requirements* Certification Required to Apply Beginning Famer Option**
Cattle - 30 Head
Goats/Sheep - 50 Head
BQA – Beef and Dairy
Not Available
$4,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share  |    Master 50% Cost Share
50% Cost Share Eligible Master Courses for Working Structures & Fence-line Systems

Master Beef

Master Dairy

Master Farm Manager

Master Small Ruminant

Master Farm Family Health & Wellness

Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Goats/Sheep can be combined to meet minimum number requirement.
*Applicant must meet at least one minimum program requirement at time of application.
**This program is not available for individuals qualifying for the Beginning Farmer Option.

Eligible Items

Fence-line Hay Feeding System — this system allows hay bales to be placed within a feeding area located along an existing fence-line that is easily accessed from a road or farm lot as opposed to in-field feeding. Eligible items include concrete pad, feeder panels, gate, and posts.


  • System setup must include minimum purchase of:

(3) Feeder panels – new panels only
(4) Posts – 6” x 6”
­(1) Concrete pad – minimum 30’ x 30’
­(1) Gate – optional

  • System must be built outdoor within a fence-line (new or existing) with access from a road or a farm lot.
  • Cover/roof, fencing, geotextile, gravel, roads, site prep, and standalone feeding pads are not eligible for cost share reimbursement.
  • Can the fence-line feeding system have a roof? Yes. However, roof materials & labor are not eligible for cost share reimbursement. Receipts must be itemized.
  • Can the fence-line feeding system be built within a structure, such as a barn? No. The fence-line feeding system must be built outdoor within a fence-line (new or existing) with access from a road or farm lot.


Reimbursements will be based upon eligible purchase. Reimbursement for labor cannot exceed 30% of total reimbursement. Material and labor costs must be itemized on invoice.

Email working.structures@tn.gov for additional information.