Almost one million animals – cows and calves – will be weighed before November 1st this year as part of the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP), according to the ICBF.
The ICBF has devised a simple five-step guide to make the weighing process as simple as possible.
- Handling and setting up weighing equipment;
- Weighing the animals;
- Dos and don’ts;
- Recording the weights;
- Washing and disinfecting the weighing scales.
Do’s and Don’ts
If using a bar or anti-backing gate, make sure that the animal is not resting their rump against it; this may cause the animal to sit against the bar and take weight off the platform which may affect the weight.
It’s best not to stall an animal in the sculling gate as they may pull back, which may result in more weight being exerted onto the platform impacting the reading.
If there is more than one animal in the crush, it is important to ensure that the second animal isn’t pressing against the first animal or doesn’t have a foot on the scales so as not to affect the weight of the first animal.
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