SIBI, Automated jetting race case study | Department of Agriculture and Food WA

Sheep certainly are hard work if you’re not
set up in the right way there’s a lot of equipment out there to make sheep handling a lot easier and more efficient. My name’s Andrew Slade and we farm in Mount Barker. We run five and a half thousand breeding ewes and 700 breeding cattle in a mixed livestock and cropping enterprise. Previously we were jetting with a fire unit and getting limited control maximum control period was around six weeks, the only other option was
to use click which was considerably more expensive. We purchase the Electro Dip six years ago
we saw the Electro Dip as a more cost effective and productive solution we were able to get up to12 weeks control and not have to treat the ewes as often and at a lot more cost effective rate. Having that 12 week protection period we’ve gone from treating at a minimum 2 to 3 times a year back to once. Probably halved the amount of
labour needed to treat our ewes. We apply two Litres of water per ewe the mix is a two litres of Vetrazin per thousand litres of water. We can put through upwards of 1500 ewes an hour and get effective control. The key element of the Electro Dip is the high pressure pump which delivers constant pressure about 120 psi or whatever rate you set it at. And you get the penetration down to the skin. The sheep run through and trip out the
seeing eye, which is behind this little bit of glass here and that triggers jets that come from underneath and jets from the top and also jets on the side. There are a number of people that hire Electric
Dips or similar systems so that maybe an option but the effectiveness is vastly greater than
what you’d get using the fire unit to jet. I’m Peter Rowe I’m an agricultural economist
with over 20 years experience and I was approached by the Department of agriculture and food
to look into the economics of the Slades Electro Dip Jetting Machine. It was costing the Slades about $13,000 a
year for fly control. They’ve managed to reduce that down to $5000 a year a saving of about $8000 a year. The system cost $14,000 to buy and across 10 years will save them about $4.10 for each dollar they’ve invested. The payback period is just over two years. The Electro Dip is an invaluable piece of
equipment on our sheep operation so we wouldn’t trade it
for any other system that’s out there at the moment. The Department of agriculture and food WA, through its Sheep Industry Business Innovation
project, made possible by Royalties for Regions is supporting and sharing new technologies in the sheep industry. This is improving labour efficiency
in the sector and making it easier all round, to run sheep.

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