Mating & Castration
The Farmhand Chin-Ball Mating Harness was developed in New Zealand, and is used around the world for identifying mated cows. The robust harness/halter has a cone-shaped device underneath which contains a freely-rotating ball, working on the same principle as a ball-pen. The stainless-steel container can be filled with ink of the desired colour. Each fill is enough to mark 25-30 cows (approx. 0.5 litre). When a cow is properly in season she will receive very clearly identifiable back markings from the bull (or cow) wearing the device. Marks fade in 4 to 14 days. We suggest changing colours on a 3 week cycle, to prevent any confusion. Ink is available in 1 litre containers. Ink is oil-based.
The California Bander was developed in USA to give breeders a low-cost tool for achieving delayed castration of bull calves. The California bander is the lowest cost, simplest and easiest tool to use for this task. Delayed castration allows bull calves to grow faster on the natural testosterone produced by retaining their testicles for longer. To apply the bands the tool is grasped by the left hand as pictured above. The band clip is fitted into the small slot in the top of the tool. The testicles are grasped firmly against the tool and the band is pulled tightly around the scrotal sac and down into the V-notch of the clip. Let go of the sac and the clip frees from the tool. The task is complete. A demonstration DVD is supplied with each Bander and is also available free on request.
This tool from USA is for the purpose of ensuring bulls can achieve the fastest possible growth rates, without need of artificial hormonal growth promotants. (Proven 15% improvements.) They are then easily and humanely castrated at the latest appropriate stage. The Callicrate Bander can be used on larger animals to quickly, cleanly, non-surgically and most importanthumanely remove the testicles. Bull management can be modified to castrate nearer maturity maximising the growth induced by natural testosterone. The procedure is based on the use of a strong rubber cord inserted into a patented application device. The cord is stretched over the scrotum before being tightened by a ratchet mechanism and then locked firmly into position using a metal clip. With a little practice the procedure is both faster and safer than using a knife or other castration instruments. ** The Bander kit includes Bander tool, loop cutter, 5 loops and demonstration video, all supplied in a sturdy kit box.
Shoof International Ltd is proud to bring Elastrator castration rings to our customers. Elastrator computerised quality control is ultimate and consistent. As well as visual inspection, Elastrator rings are tested for 4-way stretch to ensure every ring opens to the full extent of the applicator jaws without tearing, and then returns to its original memory-size. �??Consistency�?� and �??reliability�?� are the key words. Over recent years the owners of the Elastrator brand have completely re-tooled and modernised all their processes, from raw material to despatch. Every box of rings is traceable to the day it was manufactured. Quality is guaranteed. Don�??t bother with alternatives.
The Elastrator dispenser is an invaluable aid to the speedy application of Elastrator rings, especially in large flocks. Mount the dispenser securely on a rail or post. A special throat at the front holds the applicator tool when not in use. The dispenser top-cap is removed for easy filling of 500 rings at a time. Note: The dispenser jaws may be adjusted slightly if required, by filing to suit different model applicators.
Handyscope is a high-powered portable microscope especially made for fast and reliable fertility testing of semen. The device is ideal for ensuring semen selected for breeding is of the highest quality. Handyscope is powered by a replaceable camera-type lithium battery that will give around 10 hours of operation (battery included and spare supplied). The high-intensity LED lamp gives clear, bright images, even in dark working conditions. Magnification is 200X, equivalent to a good desktop unit. A fine-focus adjustment is incorporated. The Handyscope can be used with regular glass slides, but 5 special polycarbonate slides are supplied with the unit. These slides reduce cold-shock to the semen sample, giving more accurate motility results. They also have greater safety, being unbreakable, and can be reused. 100 glass cover slips are also supplied.
Measurement of scrotal circumference, (especially in young bulls) gives a fairly accurate estimation of their ability to produce semen. The tape is put around the testicles and the metric measurement compared to the fertility chart supplied. Instructions for use included.