Hi guys , its my first post so go easy on me.
As it stands we have been asked to remove our old sheep pens that are situated next to a river. The pens are a little tired but in good working order, the "powers that be" would like to see us remove the pens and relocate them a few fields away to reduce the pollution levels ect. There was a dipper but i filled it in in the early 90's.
The pens were built in the 70's so have done well. The hogging base is now so clogged with muck there's no drainage on site so this can add to foot troubles. I have modified the system over time from the basic set up is: A sorting pen to footbath to dosing race- thats what I had to work with when I began. Foot bath is now way away at the end of the dosing race inproving working conditions for me, bloody formalin!!! and I have also added a few shedding gates to the side race allowing a 3 way shed if needed
I also supersized the dosing race from 12 lambs to 50 at a time. (Don't worry it has a backing gate so the sheep I drench first can escape and not get crushed). This race can be used for checking ewe condition and udder and is great for tagging lambs. This has been a sucessfull add on to the old system and signifcantly increased production.
I'm looking at applying a grant for steel on the main working area of the pens with a concrete base and wooden holding pens with soil/gravel around the outside. Before committing to my plans.
I wondered if anyone had any ideas that could help me get the best set up possible ? I might post a picture of the set up if anyone can tell me how cheers