WATCH: Handling and setting up a weighing scales


Almost one million animals – cows and calves – will be weighed before November 1st this year as part of the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) scheme.

The ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) has produced a series of videos to assist BEEP participants with the process.

It has issued the following advice;

  • Handle a weighing scales correctly to avoid injury;

  • A single platform unit is between 40 & 50kgs weight so two people are required;

  • When putting your scales in a crush, leave about a foot from the top of the crush to the start of the weighing platform;

  • Ensure the scales is central and level with no ‘rock’;

  • Have a good level surface under the platform to collect accurate weights;

  • Test the scales first to ensure that it is weighing accurately – stand on the scales yourself;

  • Make sure to have the cables ‘tidy’ before weighing the animals so that they will not get their legs caught in them.

Information

For more information, see here.

Image source: Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) \ Youtube

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