If you're not sure where to start with selecting weigh kit, this guide can help you understand which equipment is best for your system in five easy steps...
You can also watch this short video, in which James summarises all of the information in this guide:
But firstly, what equipment do you need?
To get started weighing on any system, we recommend four main bits of kit:
EID reader - if using EID
Compatible handheld device i.e. phone or tablet
Step 1: Choosing your weigh scales
To get started with weighing we recommend: Tru-Test S3 weigh scale indicator
All of the weigh heads we link with are great in the own right, but by far the easiest to use is the Tru-Test S3. This is Tru-Test's newest weigh head and it links with to both Apple and Android devices with ease.
Step 2: Choosing your weigh bars
Choosing the correct weigh bars for your system depends upon:
a. What is the approximate weight of animals to be weighed?
b. How heavy is your crush?
c. What is the width of your crush or race?
Use this table to identify select the correct weigh bars for your system:
600mm crush width
800mm crush width
1115mm crush width
My cattle and crush weigh over 1,000kg each
My crush weighs over 1,000kg, but my cattle weigh less than 1,000kg
My cattle and crush weigh under 1,000kg each
If you don't want to weigh in the crush, you can also buy an aluminium weighing platform which you could put in a race weigh.
Step 3: Choosing your EID reader
You don't have to use EID while using Breedr, but it definitely makes life easier.
If you've got a few hundred cattle, we recommend the Tru-Test SRS2 EID stick reader. It links with the phone, allowing you scan EID's into the Breedr app or you can use it on its own and download the information from it afterwards.
If you have many more cattle, you might consider the Tru-Test XRP2 Panel Reader, this attaches to the crush and reads the EID which comes via bluetooth to your phone or tablet. This means you can weigh completely hands free, allowing you to spend more time looking at your cattle.
Step 4: Make sure your handheld device is compatible
The equipment we have suggested in this guide is compatible with both Android and iOS (Apple) devices. However other hardware are available via the Breedr shop.
But, if you would rather not be getting your phone out when you're handling cattle we recommend the Galaxy Tab8 which costs about £130.
If you already have, or intend to buy, other weighing equipment, you can check compatibility with Breedr using this table:
Step 5: Connecting your weigh kit
Once you've selected the right weigh kit for you, the next step is connecting your hardware and devices to get ready for weighing.
Visit our guide on getting your weigh kit connected:
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