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Last post Wed, May 9 2012 9:59 by haybale. 16 replies.
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  • Sun, Dec 4 2011 14:00

    • henarar
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    Cattle crush

    I was thinking of getting a new or good second hand crush or some weigh bars for the one we have

    we have an IAE with auto gate head scoop and foot trim kit at the moment that is in good cond

    The auto gate is ok but our cows dont tend to go in fast enough to work it and we have a job to fit the bull in our old bull wouldnt fit in the crush at all

    Has anyone had trouble with weigh bars and how do the cows get on with the crush up a bit higher?

    Has anyone got a crush with a rolling rump bar and how do you get on with it?

    I was thinking about a duel width crush as this would hold the busk calfs better perhaps?

    I am not sure what type of yoke to have but I would have to be able to use the the head scoop as I cant be without that.

     

  • Sun, Dec 4 2011 14:19 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

     We have a Bateman Devon full access crush.  Auto yoke, foot trimming kit and rotating rump bar.  We get on quite well with it, but have found that it is a bit too long for some of our cows, making back feet a little difficult, but for the bigger cows it is ideal and we did the feet on our bull with no problems.  The rump bar works well, far better than the sliding bar we used to have, as it will hold a cow further back, most of our cows don't crash into the auto yoke to work it, but it is quite simple to push it shut, and you would have to do this on a manual yoke anyway.  We don't have wigh bars, but can't see it being any different than them going up onto a tailboard of a trailer.

  • Mon, Dec 5 2011 21:31 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    rolling rump bars is a god send all be it a pain (litteratly) when i bang my head on it quite offten when working my youngstock in my crush but could not work on my own with out it
  • Mon, Dec 5 2011 22:42 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    Is the rump bar on the bateman crush hinged from the top of the crush so you still have a full height side door?

    The IAE one is hinged at the side and looks like it would get in the way

    I find the sliding bar is a bit useless if the animal jumps about it just falls out

  • Tue, Dec 6 2011 8:33 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

    henarar:
    Is the rump bar on the bateman crush hinged from the top of the crush so you still have a full height side door?
     

    Yes, hinged on mounts on the top rail, the side doors on ours are higher than any of our cows.

  • Tue, Dec 6 2011 8:58 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    It would be nice if a bateman rump bar would fit on my IAE crush but I cant see it being that easy

    Like you say there is not much pont in haveing a different yoke but the rump bar would push them up to it better then you can shut it by hand anyway

  • Thu, Dec 8 2011 9:35 In reply to

    • henarar
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    Re: Cattle crush

    I may just look at geting some weigh bars for the crush i have, has anyone used them i would just want some thing with a simple display wich would be in the dry but the crush itself is outside so the bars would be in the wet

  • Thu, Dec 8 2011 19:45 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

    I welded a bit of flat bar with a round hole in it on to the sliding bar at right angles to it and replaced the bolts that hold the keepers for the sliding bar with fasteners(see below as not sure of the name). Easy to make and use and once fastened they can never get it shaken out.  I have a weighbridge on mine too.  Works well sometimes helps when the animal is up a bit for milking or foot pairing but some are definately more difficult to get in and a backing gate comes in v useful.

    Hope this helps.Antiluce fastener 8mm. bolt on



  • Thu, Dec 8 2011 23:23 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    Phil Goodyear:

    I welded a bit of flat bar with a round hole in it on to the sliding bar at right angles to it and replaced the bolts that hold the keepers for the sliding bar with fasteners(see below as not sure of the name). Easy to make and use and once fastened they can never get it shaken out.  I have a weighbridge on mine too.  Works well sometimes helps when the animal is up a bit for milking or foot pairing but some are definately more difficult to get in and a backing gate comes in v useful.

    Hope this helps.Antiluce fastener 8mm. bolt on

    good thinking batman simple ideas are the best

    What weigher do you have?

  • Fri, Dec 9 2011 21:33 In reply to

    • BrownCow
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    Re: Cattle crush

    henarar:
    What weigher do you have?

    I know this wasn't directed at me but we have a Trutest XR 3000 and my gadget minded husband thinks it is great.  Weigh bars are solid and if you manage to rip a plug off the end of one - don't send it off at great expense. £25 for parts online and a soldering iron will fix it on the kitchen table.

    Do as you would be done by.
  • Fri, Dec 9 2011 22:13 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

    I have a Ritchie crush and weighbridge



  • Sat, Dec 10 2011 9:32 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    With the weigh bars on the crush do you have to bolt it down? as are crush next to a wall we have to pull it out a bit to do a front foot etc

  • Sun, Dec 11 2011 14:40 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    The bars came with clips to bolt to the crush.  We haven't bothered with them tho' as not needed to.  Quiet cows here.

    Do as you would be done by.
  • Sun, Dec 11 2011 21:09 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

    With the weigh bars on the crush do you have to bolt it down? as are crush next to a wall we have to pull it out a bit to do a front foot etc

    would bolt the weighing platform to the crush but not bolt the crush down so that if you lift it it all comes as one unit. i keep mine angled out so as to get access to both sides and all feet.


  • Sun, Dec 11 2011 22:41 In reply to

    • henarar
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    Re: Cattle crush

    Thats ok then

    We are a bit short of space and have to get past with the tractor I could do with a new race setup in a different place but cant run to that at the moment

  • Thu, Jan 5 2012 13:02 In reply to

    Re: Cattle crush

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  • Wed, May 9 2012 9:59 In reply to

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    Re: Cattle crush

    Hi, We've had an IAE weighing system for years, they have just released a new type see here http://www.iae.co.uk/agricultural/crushes/weighers.htm We have had no problem with the cows using it at all.
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