There are a wide range of livestock weighing needs. County fairs, 4H clubs, veterinarians, and small farms typically need to weigh single animals of all kinds, while farmers, ranchers, and sale barns need scales for weighing single or multiple animals in a more commercial setting. Finally, remote ranchers may need equipment for weighing single or multiple animals in a remote pasture or field.
Three new livestock scales have been developed with platform and instrumentation options that meet these varying application needs.
Single Animal LSA Series
Designed to weigh one animal at a time at small farms, veterinarians’ offices, county fairs, or 4H clubs, the Fairbanks LSA Series scale features 48-inch tall kick panels to reduce animal injury and stress. Non-slip X-lug flooring over steel deck, made from recycled rubber and plastic, will not deteriorate nor allow bacteria growth. The load cells and junction box are placed above the floor to keep electronics out of the mud and animal waste areas. The LSA comes with three gate options: a swing gate for use in existing alleyways; a slide gate that can be useful when the scale is placed at an end of alley or where obstructions or narrow alleyways prevent a swing gate; and a head gate that can be used to hold animal immobile for testing, medicating, applying identification tags, and similar procedures.
There are two instrumentation options available for the LSA: the FB2255 stainless steel instrument with AC or battery power and the FB700 WeighCenter with single animal rate of gain application. With a 5000-pound capacity, the scale is available in two sizes and is made of tough, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint, you have to be showing proof of income.
Multiple Animal LMA Series
Designed for weighing several animals at a time, this option would be a good choice for farmers, ranchers, and sale barns. The LMA offers a 25,000-pound capacity and comes in six sizes. Some features are the same as the LSA model, including the 48-inch tall kick panels; load cells and junction box positioned above mud and animal waste areas; non-slip X-lug flooring over steel deck; and tough, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint. The LMA comes with heavy duty self-latching swing gates and can be fitted with an optional pedestal and instrument/ printer enclosure.
There are three instrumentation options available for the LMA: the FB2255 stainless steel instrument with AC or battery power, the FB500 stainless steel instrument with group animal weighing application, and the FB700 WeighCenter with group animal weighing application. With this option the instrument and printer are packaged in a weather proof powder coat painted enclosure that can track batch, animal lot, total weight, average head count and shrink.
Mobile Multiple Animal LMM Series
This mobile livestock scale is intended for weighing multiple animals at a time in applications where the livestock scale will be frequently relocated from pasture to pasture or farm to farm. It offers a complete towable scale system that works on any firm surface, accommodating up to a 6 percent grade. The LMM has a low 6-inch deck profile when in weighing mode and heavy duty self-latching swing gates. Featuring a 12-volt rechargeable battery pack and a solar panel charger for the onboard battery, the LMM series provides an integrated air pump to lift and lower air bag suspension, an electric trailer brake system, and numerous other features that make mobile weighing safe and efficient. Like the LSA and LSM scales, the LMM is designed with non-slip X-lug flooring over steel deck, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint, and load cells and junction box placed to keep electronics out of the mud and animal waste areas.
The FB700 WeighCenter with group animal weighing application (FB700 instrument and TM-U295 printer packaged in a weatherproof, powder coat painted enclosure) is included with the LMM.
The LMM comes in two sizes; the single axle 13′ x 8′ size has a capacity of 15,000 pounds, while the double axle 18′ x 8′ size has a 20,000-pound capacity.
One important note – The LMM model cannot be used as a trailer.