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Lowton Farm
Devon, England

Ideal Weighing Scales for Alpacas

South West Alpacas
Lowton Farm,
England, UK

Tel: 01647-252038


We wanted a simple and practical way to monitor the weight of our animals. We all know how precious they are, both in monetary terms and otherwise. Tracking weight gain/loss in young cria, as well as nursing mums, can give an early warning of many impending problems.

We spent a long time looking for a set of scales which could be used in the paddocks. So we needed self-contained mains or rechargable battery operation, no moving parts, with easy wash down, weather-proof and solid construction.

Plus light enough to move around easily, as well as the right size and accuracy to weigh anything from an 8Kg cria to a 75Kg pregnant mum. A USB interface to a notebook PC would be nice too.

Ideal Weighing Scales for Alpacas

Surprisingly, we couldn't find anything suitable at a sensible price in the UK. We eventually dicovered the ideal specification at Arlyn Scales in the US. Our only concern was the difficulty of dealing with a supplier 3000 miles away.

In fact, we had no problems - the scales turned up on time, worked just the way we expected, and appear to be very well constructed in stainless steel. And we had no problem dealing with the people at Arlyn, who were very happy to answer all our idiot questions.

So they are definitely an addition to our recommended list. Total cost - with all the bells & whistles - plus freight, import duty, etc was less than £1000. Certainly not cheap, but nearly half the cost of anything comparable we could find in the UK.

You can see all the details at Arlyn Scales



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  last updated August 27, 2008
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