New weigher for llamas and alpacas

Salter Brecknell has launched a new range of portable floor scales for weighing alpacas and llamas.

There are two scales in the range – the PS1000, which has a weight capacity of up to 500kg in 200g increments, and the PS2000, which has a 1000kg capacity in increments of 500g.

The PS1000 weighs just 30kg and has two carry handles. The unit comes with an indicator that simply plugs in and it is powered by either four AAA batteries or from a mains socket.

Weight is a prime indicator of ill health, particularly with young alpacas, says the firm. Because they are herd animals, alpacas try to avoid looking weak to predators. This means that they will hide any illness, so a change in weight is often the first sign of something being wrong.

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