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Weighing Canines with a Portable Trolley

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The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently contacted A&D Weighing to create a customised portable trolley for a Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility.

Australia currently enjoys a good animal health status and is free from a number of cat and dog diseases. To ensure this continues, animals entering the country has to undertake a period of quarantine on arrival. Once the animals arrive at the quarantine stations, they will be checked and weighed.

A new PEQ facility in Mickleham, Victoria needed a solution to weigh these animals, primarily dogs, at their kennels rather than bringing them into a building, to avoid cross contamination and infection.

Their weighing scale requirements included:

  • For weights to be achieved by getting the animal to sit on a portable trolley
  • In cases where the animal may be aggressive, it should be possible for the animal to be weighed while still in a cage on the trolley
  • A larger weighing surface to fit large animal cages

The SD-200 trolley scale is fully portable and easy to manoeuvre, making it convenient to be pushed around as and when needed. Its sturdy construction also allows it to handle large and heavy animals.

Animals don’t usually stay still while being weighed, which is why it is important to use a highly stable portable trolley scale. The SD-200 comes with a battery operated LCD display that is clearly visible, which means quarantine officers will be able to get the numbers quickly.

As the facility needed a scale to fit large animal cages, they required a larger weighing surface than the normal SD-200 would provide. As such, A&D provided a customised SD-200 according to their requirements.

A&D Weighing is proud to be part of this project and to be able to assist in a customised weighing solution.