The mo­bile sheep yard

Country Smallholding - - IN FOCUS -

The days of wooden hur­dles and a pock­et­full of string are fast dis­ap­pear­ing as to­day’s sheep keep­ers in­creas­ingly utilise mod­ern equip­ment and tech­nolo­gies. Elec­tronic ear tags are now com­pul­sory – who would have thought that five years ago?

A good han­dling sys­tem is es­sen­tial, es­pe­cially when time is short, for car­ry­ing out the many jobs of a sheep farmer. The more ver­sa­tile the bet­ter, bring­ing sheep to a cen­tral han­dling point is of­ten not vi­able. That’s where a mo­bile han­dling sys­tem comes into its own.

“We don’t see mo­bile yards as an as­pi­ra­tional prod­uct but a ba­sic tool used in farming prac­tices al­low­ing you to carry out your job in a safe and ef­fec­tive way, from foot­bathing and drench­ing to tag­ging and draft­ing,” says James Ri­d­ley, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Rappa.

With over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the sheep in­dus­try and 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in sheep han­dling equip­ment, Rappa launched its own range of mo­bile sheep yards four years ago.

“My fa­ther started Rappa in the ’70s by de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts that helped sheep farm­ers in a prac­ti­cal, op­er­a­tional and safe way,” said James. “Our ethos to­day is to in­no­vate and lis­ten to our cus­tomers, that’s why ev­ery Rappa mo­bile sys­tem is built to meet our cus­tomers’ in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments whether they have 10 sheep or 10,000.” MORE: www.rappa.co.uk

Rappa’s mo­bile han­dling

sys­tem for sheep

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