This is one of those yes, maybe, but, questions. Yes the scale is worht it. It will save on medication/wormer costs. Allow you to keep a closer eye on how your managment is doing and let you better keep track of what cows are doing their jobs and which may be falling down on the job. The determination to location will have as many answers are there are replys. I like it before the chute. But we use a portable that is positioned after the chute, that's what we have available so that's the way we have to do it. But to keep problems to a minimum, you'll need to mount it so that you can easily remove the loadcells if you aren't going to use it for months at a time. Dirt, manure, rodents, reptiles, etc. can cause some interesting problems if they're left in place all the time.