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Beyond the Bale : December 2014
ON FARM 47 SHEEPVENTION 2012 WINNER: Sheep Bulk Hander: ProWay Livestock Equipment, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2011 WINNER: Shepherds Lamb$aver: Huck Shepherd, Kybybolite, SA The ProWay Sheep Bulk Handler lifts the sheep off the ground where they naturally become passive, enabling operators to perform husbandry practices with minimal strain. Huck Shepherd with the Shepherds Lamb$aver to help protect orphaned lambs. The Sheep Bulk Handler produced by ProWay Livestock Equipment (which was featured in the March 2014 edition of Beyond the Bale) is designed to take the hard work out of sheep handling and husbandry practices. The key feature of the system is a “grated floor” of the race section that can be raised hydraulically by the operator after groups of 20-30 sheep have been ushered into the race. As the dividing bars of the floor are lifted, all the sheep are suspended on their underside and raised to the waist height of the operator. The sheep become passive as they are caught as a group, in a natural position, enabling workers to drench, vaccinate, capsule, back-line, jet and tag without having to struggle with the sheep. The product is commercially available. More information: www.proway.com.au, 1300 655 383 Huck Shepherd from Kybybolite in South Australia breeds sheep and each lambing season is confronted with the issue of orphaned lambs. His solution that won the 2011 competition is the Shepherds Lamb$aver, an ingeniously designed fold up mesh pen. With the ewe caught, the pen is put around her and the lamb(s) and the two are left for 12 to 24 hours to bond. The pen weighed just 17 kg and had two pegs for securing it to the ground. The pegs also work as clips to keep the folded sides together. Panels are joined together by springs to make folding and unfolding easy, but flexible. Lightweight sheet metal is welded on two sides to give wind protection to the lamb. The product is commercially available. More information: www.fertitech.com 1300 885 474 A new book examines the huge range of inventions entered into the Sheepvention ‘farm inventors competition’ during its 36 year history.