Hereford76 said:you must be christmas shopping nicky - rockwell scales, northstar chutes... what else is on your list?
Thanks Perfecho. That is pretty helpful. We are looking at the 26' alley because I hate walkways and the working side is down low so we can vaccinate cows without squeezing them. The walkway on our portable is a pain after the first two trips up and down, and the solid all the way up sides I find really difficult. Psychology works better than steel around here most of the time (human and/or animal).perfecho said:RSL, have a portable Northstar and it's decent, probably had it for 5 years now. Chute is good once you get the hang of it, think their silencer may be better. When we have weigh in for 4-H, new people seem to have a problem with the handles, etc, but when you are used to it, works good. Really like the rear operating part. Sliding doors are good, maybe a little noisy, but seem strong, so far haven’t bent any so they won’t open or close. Older, bigger bulls have a hard time to get through the system.....but then we are purebred breeders and feed way toooooo much ;-0
Vet preg checking really likes the system. If I were to do different, would have longer alley, low enough walls to get rid of walkway (especially as I get older). Would like to try a double alley. Since this is a solid unit, my weigh scale is in the alley, so animals have to step up onto it...not a big issue, but a little cumbersome. If scales needed, would certainly have them under the chute...just can't do that in this system.
RSL said:Cowsense - what didn't he like about it?
We are looking at a double alley, alley and possibly a manual squeeze to replace the old stuff at the end of our new bud box.
We have a portable setup from REAL but don't really like it, mostly because I can't vaccinate or process 8-10 at a time and we don't like crowding tubs too much, but it does work OK.
RSL said:We have had a self catch headgate since around 1981, but we are looking at/debating the squeeze. Without the rear handle to run it, I think the slider type headgate would be challenging as you would be directly in the flight zone trying to catch the cow before she backed up.