The Clipex Sheep Handler is manufactured at the company’s wholly owned factory in Ningbo, China, under business founder Ashley Olsson’s watchful eye.
It enables quicker and easier management of weighing, drafting, crutching, wigging, dagging, drenching and ear tagging.
Sold in both fixed and contractor models, its height-adjustable, full rollover table gives a user access to the head, tail and belly, while the fold-out design provides three-way automatic drafting.
The story of the sheep handler began when long-time New Zealand farmer Robin Fagan built one in 1994.
Initially sold as Racewell handling systems, the name changed when the company entered into a partnership with the Olsson family in 2011.
Clipex marketing manager Louise Olsson said the handler had undergone significant changes in the past 12 months.
“The unit now has an additional port for compressed-air tools, so you can have one line going to the sheep handler and another available for tools such as air shearers or drenching guns,” Ms Olsson said.
“New antistatic rubber decreases the charge in the unit caused by sheep rubbing up against the sides as they go through.
“Another innovation is a wireless foot pedal — three pedals with a fourth available as an option. This enables the user to catch, release, tilt and then return the animal.
“Then there’s the new model of the sheep handler which has just landed in the country and is now for sale, designed for pregnancy-testing.
“This offers all the same features as a contractor model, but the catch wall has an opening in it and the backing flap opens as you secure the animal.
“That means full access to the rear of the sheep in a standing position, while it is immobilised by the catch wall.”
The contractor model is fully portable on its own trailer with off-road axles, towbar and three electric height-adjustable jacks.
Clipex said the unit could draft up to 800 sheep an hour, thanks to the automatic pre-catch gate that stops sheep backing up, and handle up to 300 an hour for head and tail access.
A folding tail flap swings away automatically when the table rolls over, allowing crutching of more than 100 sheep an hour.
Written By: Colin Taylor, - The Weekly Times