that’s an improvement BY TERRYN DRIELING
that makes Sense
A scale at the ranch puts YOU in control
WHY HAVING A
SCALE MAKES SENSE
It literally pays.
In places where sale barns and truck
scales aren’t a dime a dozen, it literally
pays to have a scale on the ranch. Well,
it determines your paycheck, to be exact.
“We have always had certifi ed group
scales on our places. We are super rural
and the logistics of getting a good
weigh-up on calves make them a necessity,”
said Mary Schadler Woodworth
of Schadler Ranch, Adel, Oregon.
Having a certifi ed scale moves the
point of sale to the ranch and eliminates
the added expense from trucking
and the shrink incurred hauling
cattle to the nearest scale.
Besides on sale day, how do we use
them? Let us count the ways.
There are check weights at preconditioning
and weaning, weights on
animals for registration and culling,
weights to determine medication
dosage, weighing hay, weighing the
neighbor kids’ 4-H steers…
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We could go on, but we think you
get the point - there’s way more than
one way to use a scale.
They can improve
your bottom line.
If you’ve been in the business long,
you can probably eyeball weight
with the best of them. But even the
best of them aren’t as accurate as a
well-maintained scale. And accuracy
leads to effi ciency, which can lead to
money saved as well as earned.
“Our scale paid for itself in the
money we saved doctoring animals.
We can give weight specifi c medication
dosages to the exact pound on
the animal,” said Kansas rancher,
ivestock scales are a necessity at shipping time, but is owning a
scale an expense that makes sense? WR talked with producers,
weighed the pros and cons, and we think it might be.
24 I WORKING RANCH I JUNE / JULY 2019