How do you weigh calves for epd's?

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I have viking scales, and I am wondering how you cattle people weigh your newborn calves I'm guessing make a sling and use some type of high wench devise? Also for weaning and yearling weights can anybody recomend a cattle scale and where I might look for one? Thanks.

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We use a sling made of canvas, and have a pole about 10' long, 1x4, with a wire loop about 2' from the top. We hang the 200# scale from the pole & hook onto the sling. The pole acts like a fulcrum & the calf can be lifted. Others have a tripod for lifting. You need something portable to go out in the field. Paul & Tru-Test scales are good. Jeanne <A HREF="http://www.SimmeValley.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.SimmeValley.com</A>

> I have viking scales, and I am
> wondering how you cattle people
> weigh your newborn calves I'm
> guessing make a sling and use some
> type of high wench devise? Also
> for weaning and yearling weights
> can anybody recomend a cattle
> scale and where I might look for
> one? Thanks.

> Mongo

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I gotta confess I took a regular bathroom scale and mounted it to a 2 foot X 2and a half foot plywood base using some short drywall screws so it doesn't sink into the mud. gather up the calf in my arms, stand sideways so I can see the dial and subtract my weight in my head. It is almost as accurate as a sling and scale and it is so much easier that you aren't tempted to estimate a calf out in the weeds. There is also a tape available that uses hoof circumference but I don't know how good it is.We use a sling made of canvas, and
> have a pole about 10' long, 1x4,
> with a wire loop about 2' from the
> top. We hang the 200# scale from
> the pole & hook onto the
> sling. The pole acts like a
> fulcrum & the calf can be
> lifted. Others have a tripod for
> lifting. You need something
> portable to go out in the field.
> Paul & Tru-Test scales are
> good. Jeanne
> <A HREF="http://www.SimmeValley.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.SimmeValley.com</A>

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