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Weighing & EID


Weighing systems enable farmers to easily capture animal weights, replacing the traditional ‘eyeometer’ with an accurate measurement.

 

A weighing system plays a critical role in tracking animal performance and driving farm profitability. Specifically, the animal weight data collected allows famers to make informed decisions about health treatments, feed regimes, breeding and crop performance.

 

Review the range of articles here to look at the various weighing systems available and view how farmers are integrating them into their operations to improve the farming system.



Why use Weighing & EID?

 

Combining an automated weighing system with the ability to record stock data down to an individual animal level provides farmers with maximum decision making information to improve profitability.

 

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Fast, accurate throughput for supermarket contract

This New South Wales, sheep and beef operation has invested in technology to put them 'miles in front' of where they were before.

 

With specific weight ranges to hit they can't afford to be under or over so accuracy is critical.

 

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Intuitive, faster TSi2 increases productivity, ensures data integrity

Take a look at how this award winning Merino stud and wool farm is capturing every piece of critical data that continues to drive their superfine and ultrafine wool category performance.

 

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Weighing & EID solution guides better cattle buying

Buying and selling up to 1000 store cattle every year has led the Thompson's to place increasing focus on the breeds that perform better. Combining weighing with electronic identification has removed the guesswork and enabled accurate yield calculations. 

 

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​TSi2 being used to capture animal weights.

​TSi2 being used to review pedigree tree.

 

 

1Maintaining healthy stock ensures continued growth or milk production, timely management of sick stock minimises treatment cost and potential revenue losses.
45TSi used to save signficant time and improve accuracy dramatically on 3,000 acre Wagyu-Angus cross operation.
46​With 4,000 head of cattle spread over 420 kilometres, Canning Downs South Feedlot needs to record and maintain accurate data.
89Third-generation sheep producer Kevin Mitchell loves farming, and “plans to keep going as long as possible”. “There are a lot of sheep producers in their late 60s and older, like me. Some might say it’s getting far too old to be doing these sort of things, but we like doing it and we’ll do it for as long as we can. So you need really good equipment to make it easy and efficient.”
91Millhouse Pastoral’s Frank Pereira says like most farmers, he and wife Suzanne Wilson guesstimated stock weights. But now purely supplying the exacting Asian market, precision is key for the high-end, export operation at Romsey in Victoria’s rolling Macedon Ranges.
92Making crutching easier was what initially sent Anthony Hurst looking for sheep-handling equipment. After looking around, the third-generation farmer decided he wanted equipment “that did everything” — from making crutching easier to electronic identification (EID), and automating drafting and weighing.
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79The Process of using Electronic Identification to Identify Commercially Productive Sheep
83For “quite a few years”, midwife Isobel Oliver mentioned to her husband Geoff how easy it was to weigh babies on electronic scales.
50Strict selection criteria for weight, fleece, worm resistance and carcase analysis are part and parcel of the ongoing success of this high performing farm.