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Digital Livestock Scales

Digital Livestock Scales are a vast improvement over the weighing devices of centuries past. Due to the importance of weights and measures in daily living, humans have been utilizing various weighing devices for over 6,000 years. However, it was difficult and impractical to weigh large loads, such as livestock and vehicles until weighing platforms were invented in the eighteenth century. Numerous changes have been made to the platform scales during the last two centuries to make weighing livestock and other animals simpler and more practical. Thanks to modern technology, some scales can measure an animalŐs weight to within 0.1lb, even with the animal moving around.

Why itŐs essential to weigh and measure animals:

Every animal raised in captivity totally relies upon human caregivers to provide for its needs and well-being. Each animalŐs weight requires constant monitoring to ensure the animal gets the proper amount of food, liquids, medications, nutrients, and exercise. As it is with humans, an animalŐs weight and size can cause certain diseases or can be indications of certain mental and physical health conditions.

Watching the animalŐs weight can indicate when itŐs time to change its diet, or whether to wean or bottle-feed it. If a baby isnŐt growing as quickly as it should be, then it can indicate a health problem in the baby, the mother, or both animals. A rapid weight gain can indicate the animal is pregnant, has a health problem or is getting too many growth hormones via its feed. A loss of weight can indicate the animal is sick or lacking proper nutrition or dehydrated. Weight gain or loss combined with bad or unusual behavior may indicate the animal is suffering from a mental illness or emotional trauma. Although it may be hard to believe, animals can suffer from depression, post trauma distress, boredom and loneliness just like many humans do. Animals can become very neurotic if they have been seriously injured, abandoned, abused or neglected and one of the best indications of an emotional problem is the animalŐs eating habits and change in weight.

More reasons to weigh animals:

In most instances, animals are classified into categories by weight, size and breed during competition, such as shows and races. An accurate scale must be used to weigh the animals to ensure they are placed within the right classification, thus ensuring fair competition. Even one pound off can make the difference in whether an animal is eligible to win the cash prize.

The weight and size of an animal can also help determine its age. For instance, if there are no known records, a veterinarian can compare the animalŐs weight and size with similar animals and estimate its age. Having knowledge of an animalŐs age and accurate weight can assist the owner with assessing the animalŐs potential monetary value and life expectancy range. Having an accurate record of weight also ensures the seller charges and the consumer pays fair market prices for the livestock.

Knowing the weight also ensures that the animalŐs owner purchases the right type and size of products for keeping the animal safe and under control. An ownerŐs choice of harnesses, halters, lead ropes, stock trailers, and cages are partially determined by the animalŐs weight and size. Many of the corral and fencing material choices, like electrically charged fences, are also determined by the animalŐs weight, size, age and breed. Having an animal under or over the recommended weight limits can lead to the animal being injured or being able to escape its restraints.

Who should utilize digital livestock scales?

The term, digital livestock scale, may be deceptive in some ways. These scales can also be used for numerous other purposes besides just weighing livestock. For instance, they have been used to weigh humans and goods as well as a large variety of animals, including zoo animals. All professional animal caregivers and livestock auctioneers should use some type of weighing device. However, farmers, ranchers, breeders, zookeepers, and veterinarians are most likely to benefit the most from the use of accurate digital livestock scales.

Choosing the right scales:

There are several types of veterinary and platform scales available on the market. Some are designed for specific types of animals, such as a few of the models for alpaca and llamas and the Ňpig sorterÓ models. Some scales are only suitable for small animals while others are best used for only large animals. However, there are some scales that can be used for all sizes and most types of animals.

When selecting a scale, itŐs important to keep in mind what types and sizes of animals will be being weighed. Although some people use the term digital livestock scale, many people refer to them as veterinary scales or simply digital platform scales. The most important things to consider are:

  • Accuracy Đ Lack of accuracy can be costly, so the scale must accurately weigh an animal even if it moves around while being weighed.

  • Durability and sturdiness Đ The scale has to withstand the weight and activities of animals over a long period of time in adverse conditions, and all parts of the scale must be water resistant.

  • Ease of use Đ The scale has to be easy enough to use frequently. It also has to be easy to read information displays from any angle, as well as easy to save and transmit information elsewhere, such as on a computer.

  • Ease of cleaning and storage - Animals tend to get nervous and make a mess when being weighed, so scales must be easy to clean in between uses. The scale must also be easy to store in between uses.

  • Comfortable - The scale has to be easy for the animal to step on and off, as well as be comfortable for the animal to stand on while being weighed.

The selected scale should also be constructed in a way where there are no parts exposed to the corrosive elements of animal waste. The platform must have a non-skid surface and the load sensors should be made of stainless steel. Although many manufacturers use aluminum load sensors, stainless steel works better. It provides excellent corrosion protection while having excellent shock and overload capability. Since scales are frequently dropped, kicked and shoved around, the load sensors should also be embedded in the body of the scale for added protection.

Arlyn Scales:

We are one of the manufacturers that make scales specifically designed for weighing all types of animals using the aforementioned standards. Our headquarters is at Long Island, New York. We have been a leader in the electronic scales industry for over thirty years. Our pride is our its ability to give customers the latest technology and excellent quality of products at the best value.

Our 320-VET scale is ideal for weighing large animals, while its 620-VET model is perfect for weighing small animals, birds, and reptiles. We also offer a combination package for both, the 320-VET and the 620-Vet models. We also offer a veterinary office software package to go with their scales. In addition, We make a pig sorter model and a livestock, alpaca and llama platform scale.

We also design and manufacture other industrial scales, including custom models. Our areas of expertise include load sensor design, microprocessor instrumentation and computer software. If you have any questions or looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to help you.

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