1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Weigh and Sort TrailerSorting hogs for market is easy with this new portable "weigh and sort" chute equipped with its own electronic weigh scale. A self-centering gate lets one person sort hogs according to weight and then either direct them for loading or back to the pen for further finishing.
"It takes the guesswork out of sorting hogs for market and makes it a one-person operation," says Gerald Roose, president, Roose Mfg. Co., Pella, Iowa. "Many hog producers are switching to the grade and yield marketing system which calls for marketing hogs of uniform weight. Some packers even require that hogs weigh within 7 lbs. of the group's average weight or they get docked. Wives like this unit because they don't have to hold a gate or get run down by hogs while trying to sort them. It also works great with sheep."
The 2-wheel trailered unit can be manually lowered to the ground by pulling a pin, lowering the unit, and removing the axle assembly. The tongue slides in out of the way. The unit has brackets on both ends for attaching alleyway gates, if needed. The bottom of one panel is hinged, allowing it to pivot outward for larger animals.
The weigh scale operates off a 12-volt battery or 110-volt current. Its digital indicator display "locks on" to the animal's weight even while the animal continues to move.
Sells for $2,200.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roose Mfg. Co., Rt. 3, Box 322, Pella, Iowa 50219 (ph 800 552-3276 or 515 628-2529).
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