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Unread August 27th, 2008, 09:14
Ailsa Ailsa is offline
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Default Engineering Project

Hi, i am an engineering design student from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. I'm entering 4th yr and so need to produce a project which will last me around 8 months. The idea behind the project is to get us to come up with an idea for a product and take it ffrom concept right through to prototype and manufacture. Enough about me, here's my idea: I want to produce some sort of device which would allow farmers to safely and effectively spray aerosol ointment onto the legs of cattle. (There is of course no reason why this cant be extended to other aminals) The canister would fit into one end of the apparatus, stretching out about one metre, whilst being hand operated at the other end by a simple mechanism. My uncle came up with the idea and has already produced a very basic model. But the just of it is it works, its effective and means cattle can be treated without the need to be placed in the crush. I have posted my thread on several forums and most of the replies im getting seem to be coming from dairy farmers. As they are quite confident about working with their cows they see little need for such a product. However, my family own a abbattoir in the SW of Scotland and also have a farm. All the cattle on the farm are beef cattle. There are continually new and unpredictable cattle arriving onto the premises and therefore reducing the need to handle them is essential. According to some initial research i have carried out the number of farms operated by a single workman are on the increase.
I hope i have got my idea across but i just wanted to get some people's views on it, such as:
have you seen a similar product on the market?
would you find it useful?
would a light at the end make for more accruate application?
do you find it difficult to treat certain animals?
Any help would be grately appreciated, thanks
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Unread August 29th, 2008, 15:21
Rhodie Rhodie is offline
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As most of my cattle experience is outside of the UK I have worked beef cattle that are very challenging to work with. Depending on what is being dispensed, there should be an interest in a dispenser of this type, often in large operations dips etc are applied through spray races or 'plunge dips' a more targeted approach may prove popular in cutting costs.
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Unread March 7th, 2009, 11:49
Alan M. Alan M. is offline
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Default Ailsa sprayer

I think most cattle will be off over the hills before you get near them with a strange device.
If it looked like a normal stick they're used to seeing you carry and their attention is diverted by bucket of cake it may work-once!
If it stings, a second treatment will be avoided at all costs.
Restraining would then be the only answer.
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