Two new high-quality German-made electronic pig and livestock weighers have been introduced by Suffolk-based equipment supplier Quality Equipment. They both incorporate a range of well-thought-out design features to make them easy to use on the farm.
The first model, the ETW300VA, is made from stainless steel and has a platform height of only 35mm. It’s fitted with large rubber wheels at one end, enabling it to be tipped up for easy transportation and manoeuvring through standard-sized doorways.
Mains and battery operated, the splash-proof stainless steel control head allows precision weighing of restless animals, and the unit has a USB connection to transfer information – weight, date and time – to a memory stick. Coloured lights – green, amber and red – alert operators to which pigs are ready, nearing or over a pre-set weight.
Measuring 160cm x 52.5cm x 90cm, and incorporating a non-slip slatted floor, the unit weighs in at 54kg.
The second, lightweight ETW300 model is constructed from aluminium and features self-supporting sides to allow the stockperson to walk though. Measuring 176cm x 57.5cm x 93cm, the weigh cells and wires are integrated into the frame for protection against dirt and vermin.
The battery offers up to 70 hours of independent operation and, as an optional extra, it’s possible to transfer data to a wireless printer or PC up to 800m away.
Both machines can weigh animals up to 300kg, feature easy-to-operate door mechanisms and are available with solid sides. They cost £1,910 and £1,765 respectively (prices at December 2013).
For more information call 01359 240529, or visit: www.quality-equipment.co.uk