Racewell Sheep Handlers

Racewell HD3 Sheep Chute

Racewell Sheep Handlers

Racewell HD4 Sheep Chute

Racewell Sheep Handlers

Racewell HD6 Sheep Chute

Racewell Sheep Handlers

Racewell Sheep Chute Trailer System

Racewell Sheep Handlers

Optional Crutching Flap

Racewell Sheep Handlers

Optional Crutching Flap

Racewell Sheep Chutes

A handling option for every operation.

Precision handling for prime sheep producers. Racewell - a trusted, world-renowned name synonymous with hardy and effective sheep chutes with advanced features and technology to take sheep handling to a new level.

How the Racewell Sheep Chute works?

The sheep are guided into the chute’s lead-up race. Sometimes, they tend to want to go back, but are prevented from backing up by anti-backing flaps along the side and the tapered sides help prevent them turning around. When the sheep enter the chute, the optical sensors or ‘magic eyes’ trigger the catching mechanism, which is an air-operated clamp. At the same time the animal is clamped, the air-operated entry gate closes behind them, preventing the next sheep from entering. At this point the clamped animal is weighed and can be tipped horizontally onto its side for crutching and various other procedures and inspections. For safety the rear sensors control the entry gate and for the clamp to activate both front and rear sensors, have to be triggered. After the animal has been handled and weighed, a drafting gate is opened and the sheep is released into a predetermined pen. The entire process is done in a matter of seconds, meaning minimal stress on both the operator and animal.

Take the handling out of sheep work!

Take the handling out of sheep work!

The Racewell Sheep Chute can weigh and draft automatically by weight or EID and also undertake a variety of other tasks such as crutching, dagging, drenching, vaccination and tagging. The patented adjustable optical sensors allow various ‘catch positions’ for the sheep depending on the task to be carried out. The Racewell Sheep Chute is the perfect tool to help farmers produce prime product while increasing profitability and management efficiency. 

The Racewell HD Sheep Chute is the No. 1 machine for precision sheep management!

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Optional Side Tilt for crutching

Optional Side Tilt for crutching

The Side Tilt option allows the sheep to be tipped 90 degrees for crutching. The controls are proportional, as in some situations you may only need to tilt it slightly and just take the weight off the feet to stop kicking. The tilt option is supplied with a foot pedal for ease of use. When the sheep is returned to the upright position, the clamp can be set to auto release providing hands-free operation.

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10 features of a Racewell Sheep HandlerDrafting GatesNon-slip FloorHot-dip galvanisedAdjustable Clamp WallOverhead accessLead up raceBacking HookDashboardOperating ModesRemote Control

Drafting Gates

4 way auto drafting based on weight or animal criteria.

Non-slip Floor

Rubber lined floor for quiet operation and grip.

Hot-dip galvanised

Rugged, hot dip galvanised Australian steel construction.

Adjustable Clamp Wall

Easily adjustable clamp wall position for different size sheep.

Overhead access

Unobstructed overhead access ideal for reading and or applying ear tags.

Lead up race

Adjustable lead up race to prevent young lambs turning around.

Backing Hook

Backing hook in lead up race activated by sensor to prevent next animal from backing up.

Dashboard

Easy-to-use and well laid out dashboard with high quality dust proof switches.

Operating Modes

4 different operating modes to optimise sheep throughput including fast drenching mode.

Remote Control

Hand held remote control for all functions including proportional side tilt control.

10 features of a Racewell Sheep Handler


The Racewell HD3 Chute

The Racewell HD3 Chute

This entry level auto drafting chute will weigh and sort three ways, making it an ideal all round unit for the small to medium sheep producer.

The Racewell HD4 Chute

The Racewell HD4 Chute

The HD4 chute has the same features as the HD3 plus the additional of a fourth auto drafting gate. The lead up race also has an auto sensing backing hook for improved flow, making the Racewell HD4 ideal for producers looking for extensive sorting.

The Racewell HD6 Chute

The Racewell HD6 Chute

Based on the HD4 Handler this top of the line model can weigh and draft automatically up to six ways, making it ideal for large producers finishing lambs, feedlots as well as any producer that is using EID for advanced flock recording.

The Racewell Trailer System

The Racewell Trailer System

This trailer system is extremely popular with ranchers and contractors for obvious reasons. Move between ranches with ease with this sturdy trailer designed to cover long distances. It features a retractable drawbar, removable wheels and a fold down working platform. The hydraulic lift makes it easy and very quick to remove the wheels and lower the whole trailer to the ground. The sheep chute trailers come with an optional duratorque suspension for travelling longer distances and a handy pole for mounting your shearing plant.

QUICK TIP: The Racewell HD Trailer has a strong full length chassis rail, which means you can put it down on uneven surfaces. The fold-down work platform gives you a sturdy surface to stand on, whatever the ground conditions. The fold-down platform also makes it easy to sweep up any wool.


Which model of Sheep Handler do i need?

Use the table below to help decide which type of sheep handler you require.

Item

JR Sheep Handler

HD3 Sheep Handler

HD4 Sheep Handler

HD6 Sheep Handler

Function Manual Catch Automatic or manual catch & drafting options Automatic and manual catch and drafting options Automatic and manual catch and drafting options
Drafting Optional drafting gates with manual controls only 3 way auto drafting based on weight or animal criteria 4 way auto drafting based on weight or animal criteria 6 way auto drafting based on weight or animal criteria
Operating Modes Switch between "Operate on Catch" or "Locked" open for entry gate Different operating modes to optimize sheep throughput Different operating modes to optimize sheep throughput Different operating modes to optimize sheep throughput
Clamp Control Manual button controls only, no electronic sensors Auto catch with four adjustable sensors to allow for different catch positions Auto catch with four adjustable sensors to allow for different catch positions Auto catch with four adjustable sensors to allow for different catch positions
Lead Up Race Non-adjustable lead-up race with spring loaded backing flaps Adjustable lead up race Spring loaded anti-backing flaps Adjustable lead up race with auto sensing anti-backing hook Adjustable lead up race with auto sensing anti-backing hook
Powered By Powered by compressed air Powered by external 12V battery or 240 power connection and compressed air. Powered by external 12V battery or 240 power connection and compressed air. Powered by external 12V battery or 240 power connection and compressed air.
Controls Manual buttons for clamp control, tilt and drafting. Second catch button on lead-up race. Auto setting or manual buttons with remote to control the clamp/release, tilt and control drafting gates Auto setting or manual buttons with remote to control the clamp/release, tilt and control drafting gates Auto setting or manual buttons with remote to control the clamp/release, tilt and control drafting gates

2 Points to consider!

  1. The Racewell Handler Trailer has a strong full length chassis rail, which means you can put it down on uneven surfaces. The fold-down work platform gives you a sturdy surface to stand on, whatever the ground conditions. The fold-down platform also makes it easy to sweep up any wool.
  2. The Handler also has a compact clamp area due to the accurate catching from the four magic eyes. This makes it easier to access the front and back legs of the sheep for hoof inspection or trimming.

Top 5 Features

Top 5 Features

Watch as Matt demonstrates the Top 5 Features of the Racewell Sheep Chute

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6 Reasons to own a Racewell...

1

IMPROVED ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

Using the Racewell Sheep System, farmers can easily allocate or sort stock into different groups for better stock management. This could include such things as: the division into different groups by weight to allow priority feeding, or the drafting out of ewes with multiple pregnancies.

2

ONE PERSON OPERATION

Racewell Sheep Systems can automatically read EID tags, weigh and sort sheep. These actions are programmed into the scale indicator which communicates these settings to the Racewell Sheep System. This gives the operator the freedom to move away from the weighing and drafting area, to organise stock while maintaining control and stop or hold an animal at the push of a button on the remote.

3

BREEDING AND ANIMAL HEALTH

Ewes increase their fertility when target mating weights are reached. Ewes need to be in good body weight and condition for high ovulation rates at mating. It is much more efficient to hold ewe live weight and condition score between weaning and mating as it takes a lot of extra feed to regain weight. Regular weighing using the Racewell Sheep System helps ensure optimum breeding outcomes.

4

ELECTRONIC ID (RFID)

Within any flock of sheep there is a substantial variation in the characteristics that influence an animal’s production level. Using EID or RFID tags to identify each sheep allows farmers to understand these variations which provides opportunities to select or sort animals based on different criteria such as scanning results, breed, growth rate and so on to make informed management decisions for the operation. Electronic ID allows farmers to measure the performance of individual animals and make decisions specific to each animal, reducing costs and labour, while at the same time maximising returns.

5

LABOUR EFFICIENCY

Manually handling sheep is a physically demanding job due to their size and strength. Many producers face problems like back strain and knee injuries which impact on their ability to continue doing sheep work. The multi-purpose Racewell Sheep System takes the effort out of sheep work while allowing the farmer to quickly and easily carry out several stock management tasks at the same time reducing the time spent in the sheep yards.

6

ACCURACY

With the Racewell Sheep System the weighing and sorting processes is automated resulting in less chance of error. In addition, accurate weighing and sorting ensures that all stock fall into the correct groups to ensure they achieve premium prices at sale.

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Trent Hendricks

Improving Animal Welfare

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James Dempster

Making it easier after injury

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Matt McKelvie | Southland, NZ

Taking the handling out for sheep work

James Almond | Victoria, AU

James Almond | Victoria, AU

Accuracy and efficiency

Collyn Garnett | Willemenup Poll Merino Stud, AU

Collyn Garnett | Willemenup Poll Merino Stud, AU

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Matt Mickel | Utah, USA

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SHEEP CHUTE ROI CALCULATOR

SHEEP CHUTE ROI CALCULATOR

Want to know how quickly you'll see a return on investment for a Racewell Sheep Chute?

Take a look at our ROI Calculator that was designed to provide insight into the benefits of an individual management strategy for commercial sheep producers. 

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