Tube Adjustment for Select Dosers
We’ve had a number of customers in the past who were a little confused by the Tube Adjustment ratings on their peristaltic pump tubes for the Select Doser. So, we’ve put together both this article and the accompanying video to explain what the tube adjustment is and how to change it on your Select Doser.
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How to choose the right one to suit your water dosing task and your Select doser type.
There are a lot of farmers across Australia with a need to add something into the drinking water for their Livestock. Most of these applications have one thing in common: The need for dosing to be automatically adjusted in proportion to the water flow.
When we first launched the Select Doser in Australia about 16 years ago, there were only a couple of options available for Water Flow measurement. We had sensors in our range to measure very small and very high flows, but very little to cover the middle of the range that people encounter on farm.
This meant that our customers in the early years could use the Select Doser for precision applications (such as a Poultry Shed, or Weaners on a pig farm) or Farm-wide applications (such as Water treatment with Chlorine or Peroxide), but didn’t have a good solution for intermediate applications (Dosing a decent sized group of cattle independently, or multiple sheds on a piggery).
As you’ll see below, things have changed. We now have a range of flow measurement devices to cover, not just any flow situation, but also dramatic differences in source water quality.
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Part Two – Drip Cooling
Cooling grower and finisher sheds is fairly easy to get your head around. You install some sprayers, hook them up to a control system (such as our COOLGRO), and move on with your life. This works great with larger pigs in naturally ventilated sheds. The same easy system can be used for dry sows in pen situations.
The harder part of the equation is wherever young pigs are involved, especially in the farrowing house.
Lactating sows like low temperatures (ideally between 12 and 22 degrees Celsius), but piglets like temperatures of 26 – 32 degrees Celsius. Managing these two requirements in a shared environment isn’t hard, but just requires a little forward planning.
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Part One – Spray Cooling
Australian summers aren’t what you would call ideal for pigs. Even with the massive variation across the 7.692 million square kilometres of our country, most places are too hot for comfort in the height of summer.
Worse than that, the temperature severely inhibits pigs’ performance. The optimal temperature for Grower pigs (and larger classes such as Finishers, Sows and Boars) is between 16 and 26 degrees Celsius. Every degree above this upper number several impacts their appetite, FCR, growth rate and fertility.
When was the last time you had a summer day below 26 degrees on your farm?
This is nothing new to talk about. Farmers use all kinds of methods to cool their pigs throughout the hotter months, hoping to avoid the dreaded effects of the Aussie summer.
I’m just writing about the one that Think Livestock can help you with.
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At customer request, Think Livestock has until now; been stocking hand sanitiser. However, as this is not a mainstay product for us; we have decided to clear-out our remaining stock.
Hand sanitser 75% 500ml bottles, are available for our cost price of $13.00 EX gst. Previous purchase limits have been removed, and orders will be served on a first come, first serve basis. Once supplies are gone, we won’t be restocking; so if you need any, now is the time to buy at a steeply discounted price.
A message from our managing director, Dave Roberts – Updated June 5th 2020
We want to thank all of our customers for your patience and cooperation during the temporary lockdown of our premises due to Covid-19. While we have now reopened our store in Huntly, I must stress that we are continuing to maintain vigilance in protecting both you and our staff during your visits to our premises. We ask that you continue to do the following:
- Sanitise your hands on entry to the store with the complimentary hand sanitiser inside.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and our staff (or other customers) during your visit.
- Do not come to the shop in person if you or any of your family members are feeling unwell.
We can easily organise delivery of nearly all of our products directly to you, wherever you are; either by post or courier. For locals around the Huntly and Epsom area, we may even be able to deliver pre-paid orders to your door. If you have any questions call our office on (03) 54488942.
talk about untreated water, we are really talking about water from a large
number of possible sources, including:
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- Bore Water
- Channel/River Water
- Rain Water
- Dam Water
There is no vaccine nor any treatment against African Swine Fever virus. The only way to prevent any contamination is to ensure integrity of biosecurity measures.
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5 Key Reasons to automate your Water Dosing.
Every animal drinks, and our livestock are no exception. Because of this, more and more farmers are turning to Water Dosing as a simpler and more cost-effective way to deliver a range of medications and supplements to their livestock.
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