Cattle bunk feeders maximize feed intake and make the herd's consumption more consistent. Increasing intake helps the cattle gain more weight. Consistent food consumption reduces fluctuations in stomach acid that lead to diseases such as acidosis and liver abcesses.
Some bunk feeders include a reader that displays the amount of feed consumed each day. This helps ranchers adjust the amount of feed they provide for the cattle the next day, which cuts down on waste. However, reducing the feed too much can cut the herd's intake to an insufficient level. Ranchers should use this option with caution and monitor the cattle's weight carefully.