“Jade helped us decide which weigh head, EID reader and weigh cells we needed, to fit with what we wanted it to do,” James says. “She’s very good. It was all fairly straight forward.”
The eventual system included three pens, a Ritchie squeeze crush with head scoop, EziWeigh 7 weigh head from Tru-Test and weigh cell bars. The system cost £22,640.27 + VAT with about 40% covered by the grant.
James and parents Ian and Lesley are farm contractors and hay and straw merchants based at Moorland Farm, Taunton. About five years ago they decided to set up a beef enterprise and now buy-in 3-4 months old British Blue cross dairy calves and finish 250-300 animals a year.