For the 3,240 hectare Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on individual animals is a must.
The Donovan family has run the Central Queensland integrated business for decades. Sarah Donovan, Secretary at Central Queensland Carcase Classic Committee, manages their 3,000 Standard Cattle Unit feedlot.
Recording individual animal treatment, including dosage and withholding periods, is a requirement in an accredited feedlot.
“Administering correct dosages is made far easier by being able to use accurate weights, which saves us money and allows the treatment to work well.”
Duaringa has used Gallagher weighing systems for “many years”, beginning with a Gallagher W810.
“It’s proven to be a very reliable, durable and highly transportable system, which has allowed us to successfully weigh and draft cattle across our three properties.”
“After many years of use, we finally needed to replace it. We didn’t really consider looking outside the Gallagher product range, because we were already so pleased with the W810’s performance and longevity.”
“We were immediately impressed with the Gallagher TW-3 because it has the W810’s existing functions, plus built-in wifi and bluetooth capabilities, a much larger touchscreen so it enables more information to be displayed, and a much larger keyboard – which is crucial for fast and accurate data entry.”
The Gallagher TW-3 Weigh Scale and Data Collector is an advanced electronic identification-compatible weigh scale and data collector. Simple to operate, the touchscreen weigh scale has the additional functionality of life data and trait recording. Notably, it connects with Gallagher’s Animal Performance Software (APS) system, providing easy access to animal information, allowing timely analysis and understanding of individual and mob performance. For those wanting to view and record data from anywhere using a smartphone, Gallagher offers Dashboard – a new web and mobile product.
“Gallagher’s TW-3 provides information on each animal at their next weighing. The beauty of this is that information can be entered when the animals are being treated, saving me many valuable hours in the office.”
Sarah says because the Gallagher TW-3 allows weight recording, multiple drafting, recording multiple traits and treatments, and data analysis while the animal is still in the crush, they can determine which animals are performing well, which aren’t, and which are possibly sick and need treatment.
“The Gallagher weighing systems have played a major part in allowing us to provide valuable information to our clients on their animals’ weight gain, feed conversion and how their animals have performed with, and without, hormonal growth promotants. Producers can then apply management decisions accordingly. It’s a really valuable tool that’s also easy to use.”
For more information on the Gallagher Weighing & EID range, including the TW-3, Hand Held Readers, Loadbars, Weighing Platforms and Software, head into your local CRT store. Plus, during June & July 2018, save up to 10% across the entire Gallagher Weighing & EID range.