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Hi, I am looking at scales. I am looking at A&A scales VS660. Are the A&A good? Not needing anything fancy. Brecknel also has a vet type scale Model PS500 that is reasonable. I am looking at putting a scale in my raceway and building my own box around it. Any input on what you have and like or don't like?? Thanks
I have an A A V660 scale, and of course it needs to be accurately calibrated. It seems to be pretty accurate and reads out in tenth of a pound. But it is difficult to get a good reading when the animal is moving around. It is supposed to take an average weight. But I am not sure how accurate that is. If you can build a chute that doesn't allow the animal to move very much, it might be Ok. I was able to do that for my mature ewes, and felt like it was pretty good. But for weighing lambs are weaning for instance, it is much harder to be able to keep them still. For me, it is important to get an accurate weight at weaning, so I can evaluate the ewes performance.
I did end up buying a VS660 from A&A scales. The fellow said if it jumps around too much, you can adjust the filter in the head so it doesn't jump around so bad. i like it so far. Built a box to put inline with my working chute.
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