Sheep scales shock absorbers

DartmoorEwe

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Livestock Farmer
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Yelverton, UK
I have old sheep/pig scales bought through e-bay. They weigh a sack of feed accurately but vary with pogo lambs between 0 and 100kg and back. Discovered no shock absorbers. It looks like there is a place to put something but there's nothing there. Need something not too big just to moderate the bouncing. Cant find anything on google but not sure what to search for. Any suggestions?
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I have old sheep/pig scales bought through e-bay. They weigh a sack of feed accurately but vary with pogo lambs between 0 and 100kg and back. Discovered no shock absorbers. It looks like there is a place to put something but there's nothing there. Need something not too big just to moderate the bouncing. Cant find anything on google but not sure what to search for. Any suggestions?

No idea where you could get shock absorbers, but if you could stretch to a digital upgrade (@Allied Weighing ‘s kit is very reasonably priced), it would avoid the bouncing lamb/guess the weight scenario entirely.
 

TexelBen

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
No idea where you could get shock absorbers, but if you could stretch to a digital upgrade (@Allied Weighing ‘s kit is very reasonably priced), it would avoid the bouncing lamb/guess the weight scenario entirely.
I agree, that's exactly what I did. Works a treat now.
I put a guillotine gate on the far end while I was at it, so I didn't have to go around to open the gate
 
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Llangernyw
I have old sheep/pig scales bought through e-bay. They weigh a sack of feed accurately but vary with pogo lambs between 0 and 100kg and back. Discovered no shock absorbers. It looks like there is a place to put something but there's nothing there. Need something not too big just to moderate the bouncing. Cant find anything on google but not sure what to search for. Any suggestions?
hi your right, some of the earlier ones (the better ones ) had an oil dashpot connected to the spring mech which helped to an extent but the problems with those were getting the correct oil (memory serves it was Tellus 27) and contamination of the oil with water and getting jammed. wish i could help further than agree with the other suggestions about converting to digital which will take out the "pogo" effect and give a nice stable reading.
cheers Adam
 

Jackov Altraids

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Devon
Shurely.....
The weight is still 'pogo-ing' on digital scales it is just an algorithm making a 'guess' so you don't have to? Have tests ever proved them to be more accurate?
I just feel you might be paying to feel a bit more confident about a result which statistically isn't necessarily any better.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Shurely.....
The weight is still 'pogo-ing' on digital scales it is just an algorithm making a 'guess' so you don't have to? Have tests ever proved them to be more accurate?
I just feel you might be paying to feel a bit more confident about a result which statistically isn't necessarily any better.

No, the suspension cell is quite rigid, so the crate is not moving up and down like it does on a spring balance. Lambs settle a lot faster as the box they are in isn't moving, reducing stress all round.
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
Shurely.....
The weight is still 'pogo-ing' on digital scales it is just an algorithm making a 'guess' so you don't have to? Have tests ever proved them to be more accurate?
I just feel you might be paying to feel a bit more confident about a result which statistically isn't necessarily any better.
I can happily confirm that after 40 odd years of trying to get a pig or a lamb to settle :mad:for long enough to read a weight , that yes electronic weigh heads are worth paying for (y)
Btw me names brian , not shirley :LOL:
 

Paddington

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Location
Soggy Shropshire
Ours has the oil filled damper and the lambs still pogo and try to pirouette through 180 degrees. I fitted some of those plastic mushroom trays down one side so the lambs are a tighter fit in the weigher which has helped. The request for weighing bars was rejected by the Chief Accountant. :(
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
Ours has the oil filled damper and the lambs still pogo and try to pirouette through 180 degrees. I fitted some of those plastic mushroom trays down one side so the lambs are a tighter fit in the weigher which has helped. The request for weighing bars was rejected by the Chief Accountant. :(
You dont need to go to the extent of weigh bars, a weigh head and ' suspension weigh cell ' could be added to your crate as a modification , would be a lot cheaper than sitting it on new bars , its not like you want to weigh half a tonne either ...:unsure::geek:
 

elmo

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Location
West Wales
I have an IAE manual lamb scales. The clock has packed in last week. What's my best option moving forward?
Need to be able to move the scales from one location to another (preferably without any hassle). I don't have big numbers so don't want to spend too much on it.
 

Jerry

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
I have an IAE manual lamb scales. The clock has packed in last week. What's my best option moving forward?
Need to be able to move the scales from one location to another (preferably without any hassle). I don't have big numbers so don't want to spend too much on it.

Either do a digital conversion or I have a spare IAE manual weigh head if you want a direct swap for your old broken one.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
some folk must have some wild lambs, we have an old clock type lamb weigh crate we bought for 35 quid and have no problem reading a weight,
before we had our own set we borrowed a iae set with load bars and it weighed the same lambs at slightly different weights
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
If youve only got 50 to weigh it woukdnt make a lot of odds i suppose.

But Push a few hundred through and it gets a bit wearing.
There comes a time when you want an accurate to the kilo or grams figure as well , and them scales ard no good for a pinpoint like that.

What we used to do is put a red paint mark at the 90lb point on the scale, so it was easier to see .
 

TexelBen

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
Ours has the oil filled damper and the lambs still pogo and try to pirouette through 180 degrees. I fitted some of those plastic mushroom trays down one side so the lambs are a tighter fit in the weigher which has helped. The request for weighing bars was rejected by the Chief Accountant. :(
Where did you get the trays?
Lambs turning in the weigher drives me mad! [emoji36]
 
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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

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