I bought an IAE economy race like that a few years ago for £510. It’s alright but only does small amounts of work at a farm - mainly drafting and no dosing. it was bought initially as it is light enough for 1 person to move plus 10 hurdles to make a small pen before we bought the Rappa.
I bought the exact same race, around 40 odd gates and a forcing pen for £1500 6 years ago, it’s a good pen, but for the money quoted for the race alone now not worth it.
True but could you build one with sheets and timber for a fraction of the price? And the OP , if I’m correct wanted a permanent handling system?Got to remember, inflation has driven the price of everything well above where it should be.
You say not worth it at that price, but it'll be what needs to be paid to get a shedding race like that...
True but could you build one with sheets and timber for a fraction of the price? And the OP , if I’m correct wanted a permanent handling system?
but them iae stop/drafting gates are a bit clumsy imo heavy so slower reacting. i ve had a set of it for donkeys yrs bought it in a job lot of stuff off farm , the race side on mine were not high enoghh for us but easy fix is to add a couple of short lenghts of square tube that will just fit snuggly over the two legs longer than them to a length that suits you and a tech screw or 2 to hold in place.]our side panels are i think 42 inches high now .
Youv got too be sharp with the gates on prattley, I find if your unsure it’s best too draft too one side and trap the ewes head while you figure out which way you want too send it
Sharp enough with it it's just they're a pain in the arse when your drafting ewes out of the left gate and a lamb and ewe run up together you can guarantee the little sh!t runs up the left hand side of herYouv got too be sharp with the gates on prattley, I find if your unsure it’s best too draft too one side and trap the ewes head while you figure out which way you want too send it
Same with the Glendale engineering one a light thin gate with a separate stop gate. You can shed them as fast as they run if it obvious what you want to shed just press the gate against side of the sheep it goes through then the next sheep can't get throughour poldenvale is best for drafting if youre not totally clear on what youre sorting, seperate ' scissors' / folding stop gate at the end of the race and lighweight drafting gate after it
can disrupt flow a bit but depends what your doing and how fast runners they are and how fast (or slow ) you are ................. as you get older