When it comes to weighing livestock animals – from horses to sheep, hogs, and goats – a wide range of needs must be met to obtain accurate results. To ensure industry professionals, like ranchers, those working on small farms, veterinarians, and scale barns have the equipment they need to most successfully do their jobs, Fairbanks Scales developed a customized line of scales, featuring a new platform and instrumentation options that can be used for a number of applications.
In addition to the Type S pit type mechanical animal scales and combo pit type truck and multiple animal scales, the new livestock product line now includes single and multiple animal scales, as well as towable multiple animal scales.
With these options now available, county fairs and 4H clubs can more precisely weigh single animals of all kinds, while commercial operations are able to weigh multiple animals at a time, and remote ranchers, who need equipment for weighing single or multiple animals in a remote pasture or field, can do so with ease.
Single Animal LSA Series
The Fairbanks LSA Series scale features 48-inch tall kick panels to reduce animal injury and stress. Non-slip X-lug flooring over steel deck, made from recycled rubber and plastic, will not deteriorate nor allow bacteria growth. The load cells and junction box are placed above the floor to keep electronics out of the mud and animal waste areas. The LSA comes with three gate options: a swing gate for use in existing alleyways; a slide gate that can be useful when the scale is placed at an end of the alley or where obstructions or narrow alleyways prevent a swing gate; and a headgate that can be used to hold animal immobile for testing, medicating, applying identification tags, and similar procedures.
There are two instrumentation options available for the LSA: the FB2255 stainless steel instrument with AC or battery power and the FB700 WeighCenter with the single animal rate of gain application. With a 5000-pound capacity, the scale is available in two sizes and is made of tough, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint.
Multiple Animal LMA Series
The LMA offers a 25,000-pound capacity and comes in six sizes. Some features are the same as the LSA model, including the 48-inch tall kick panels; load cells and junction box positioned above the mud and animal waste areas; non-slip X-lug flooring over steel deck; and tough, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint. The LMA comes with heavy-duty self-latching swing gates and can be fitted with an optional pedestal and instrument/ printer enclosure.
There are three instrumentation options available for the LMA: the FB2255 stainless steel instrument with AC or battery power, the FB500 stainless steel instrument with group animal weighing application, and the FB700 WeighCenter with group animal weighing application. With this option, the instrument and printer are packaged in a weatherproof powder coat painted enclosure that can track batch, animal lot, total weight, average headcount, and shrink.
Mobile Multiple Animal LMM Series
This mobile livestock scale is intended for weighing multiple animals at a time in applications where the livestock scale will be frequently relocated from pasture to pasture or farm to farm. It offers a complete towable scale system that works on any firm surface, accommodating up to a 6% grade. The LMM has a low 6-inch deck profile when in weighing mode and heavy-duty self-latching swing gates.
Featuring a 12-volt rechargeable battery pack and a solar panel charger for the onboard battery, the LMM series provides an integrated air pump to lift and lower airbag suspension, an electric trailer brake system, and numerous other features that make mobile weighing safe and efficient. Like the LSA and LSM scales, the LMM is designed with non-slip flooring over steel deck, durable, feces-resistant beige powder coat paint, and load cells and junction box placed to keep electronics out of the mud and animal waste areas.
The FB700 WeighCenter with group animal weighing application (FB700 instrument and TM-U295 printer packaged in a weatherproof, powder coat painted enclosure) is included with the LMM.