We offer cattle crush which comes with weight measurement. A cattle crush (also called squeeze chute) is a strongly built stall or cage for holding cattle, horses, or other livestock safely while they are examined, marked, or given veterinary treatment. In some cases, cows can breastfeed their calves in cattle crushes.
For the safety of the animal and the people attending to them, the offered product has been built to ensure the animal stands “stock still”. The overall purpose of a crush is to hold an animal still in order to minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the animal handler.
Features of our cattle crush
- Portable/ permanent corral panels for cattle. Built to withstand years of intensive use.
- Cattle head squeeze and back pipe to disallow cattle’s movement.
- Equipped with a scale system, so you can simultaneously weigh your animals.
- Side ports designed to do other work on the cattle.
- Smooth welds and hot-dipped galvanized parts offer extreme durability.
- Ease of handling.
How to effectively use cattle crush
- To start with, you have to familiarize yourself with the equipment, you should extensively study how it operates.
- After familiarization with the crush, you may proceed to move a cow in from the race. Cattle crush operation often requires two individuals for optimum efficiency.
- Ensure the head bails are open to allow the cow a clear view through the crush (but not open enough to allow the cow to run through) and be prepared to close the bails as soon as the cow is in position.
- Hint: the bails should be approximately ½-¾ of the way open, never fully open.
- Open the rear door allowing the cow to enter. If it does not do so open the head bails wider to allow a clearer view through the crush.
- Close the door behind the cow after it has entered. This is to prevent the next animal in the race from following.
- Once the cow has its head through the bail, close the gates in a strong, forceful, and fast motion to prevent it from moving too far through.
-NOTE: this action will not injure the muscular neck of the cow, however closing the door too late or trapping the shoulders could lead to injury.
- Once the animal is securely contained within the crush, any other device such as a chin bar, halter, or squeeze mechanism, can be utilized for further restraint.
Benefits of Weighing Cattle
- For selecting stock for marketing.
- Weighing beef cattle before dispatch will provide good management information once abattoir returns are received.
- Weighing all growing cattle regularly to get a precise knowledge of daily live weight gains enables judgment on the quality of pasture or of the ration being fed.
- It indicates whether beef cattle are performing to the expected or necessary live weight gain to meet marketing criteria.
- In all cases, it enables appropriate diet changes to be made. A good example is the need to supplement grazing if performance drops.
- Understanding the cost per kilo live weight gain per animal.
- Routine weighing enables you to meet the weight specifications of your buyer, thus preventing losses by being over or under target.
- Weighing enables the precise dosing of cattle with drugs, preventing wasteful and expensive overdosing.
- Finally, weighing livestock regularly gives you much more management control of your livestock with the opportunity to improve their profitability.