How many ewes in a 10ft trailer with decks

Muddyroads

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Location
Devon
^^^^^
As @Al R says, consider the weight of your load. I can easily get 30 Dorset’s in my 12’ trailer, even with a poor design loading ramp, but that can often mean over 2 tonnes of mutton behind your towing vehicle.
 

MOG

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Llanthony
I have a 10 x 5 single deck trailer and it is a tight, but not desperately so, fit with 16 ewes (60-70kgs) or 20 fat lambs (45 kgs). So twice that number if twin decked. Weight should be OK on a 3.5 tonne trailer.
 

Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Yep and by a long way too. I had thought of getting a 14’ but I’ve got some seriously tight areas to navigate and I’ll still be overweight but at least when it’s on the tractor it’ll pull more, albeit still on a 50mm ball so still limited to 3500kg on the road I presume?

Trailer is plated to max 3,500kg - regardless what you tow it with




With ewes, it is way too easy to go over loaded :(
 

Mur Huwcun

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North West Wales
Trailer is plated to max 3,500kg - regardless what you tow it with




With ewes, it is way too easy to go over loaded :(

If you actually look closely at the 50mm ball you bolt through your clevis drawbar most of them have a 2000kg weight limit stamped on them!!! Therefore technically in the event of an accident you would be more legal behind an Audi A4!!
 

Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
If you actually look closely at the 50mm ball you bolt through your clevis drawbar most of them have a 2000kg weight limit stamped on them!!! Therefore technically in the event of an accident you would be more legal behind an Audi A4!!

In fairness, I don't tow with the tractor using a ball so I couldn't comment on that area of it.

BUT, even if the ball was stamped rating it for 10t... the trailer is still only plated to a max gross 3,500kg
 

AftonShepherd

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Ayrshire
I know someone who quite happily took 8 10-11 month old calves at a time in a 14ft IW (wheels outside) to store sales every fortnight for a couple of months before he ever bothered to work out the gross weight.
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
If you actually look closely at the 50mm ball you bolt through your clevis drawbar most of them have a 2000kg weight limit stamped on them!!! Therefore technically in the event of an accident you would be more legal behind an Audi A4!!
Ah but is that nose weight?
 
Used to pull a 12ft wheels underneath Ifor that had an unladen weight ,with gates & decks of 1.3 t according to Ifor plus a bit for wet sawdust and stuck on mud , i carried 32 max empty bellied ewes @ circa 60kg behind a double cab pickup rated to pull 3.5 tonnes auction 90 miles away . Pulled in by POLICE & VOSA 3 times , twice empty so full inspection and once full so weighed axle's and said ok . Think they were mainly doing lorries but pulling stock trailers in ,heard later some were fined , used to be in a big lay-by down Loch lomond or at the bottom of the Rest
 

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