Livestock scales were created for the weighing of large farmyard animals such as horses, sheep, and cattle. These scales are designed to be able to withstand and accurately weigh animals that weigh several tons. Needless to say, that type of weight measurement can not be achieved on standard bathroom scales or even typical veterinary scales which are designed to weigh small and midsized animals such as dogs and cats.
Livestock scales play a large part in the lives of veterinarians who specialize in the health care of farm animals. It is important to have such a scale on hand to readily be able to weigh animals who are perceived to be ill. These scales also play a big role in the upkeep of healthy animals in zoos around the world. You might be amused to know that the same scale used to weigh cows can also be used to weigh crocodiles.
Many times, and probably more often than not, animals who step onto the livestock scales will not stay still for the time that it would take to get an accurate measurement from a traditional scale. Manufacturers of such scales have kept that in mind and design these scales with weight average and hold options that can help to ensure accurate measurements whether the animal is moving about on top of the scale or not. This is essential in making sure that animals are weighed correctly.
Livestock scales are also commonly used on farms where livestock is frequently bought and sold or raised for profit. Needless to say, these types of scales need to be incredibly durable to withstand harsh farm conditions. Most heavy duty livestock scales designed to be used on farms are water resistant to protect them from rain and animal waste. Typically, their sensors are made of durable stainless steel, also a precautionary measure when dealing with animals that can behave in an unpredictable manner.
As you can see, livestock scales can be found in more places than just the veterinarians office. Many farmers would not be able to make due without them.
There are several different types of livestock scales on the market designed for different weight ranges and with different features. All models are typically very durable for their purpose, but some have added features for different weighing situations.
You may be surprised to know that livestock scales aren’t as expensive as some people think, with small scales designed to weigh animals of 700 pounds and lighter starting at around $250. Many scales that weigh animals up to 2,000 pounds cost under $1,000. The price is all dependent upon the manufacturer of the scale and what functionality that you need the scale to perform.