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.