Feedlot - Case Studies
Stanbroke Feedlot - Chinchilla, QLD
Thompson Longhorn was responsible for the supply and installation of separate load-out and facilities including custom double deck loading ramp, crowding yard, curved vee-race, and pneumatic draft.
The project began by developing a highly sequenced planning phase for the upgrade, so the project could be executed without interruption to the operation of the existing facility. Once this process and the overall design concept was completed, the project was detailed, fabricated, and installed in multiple stages.
The load-out facility was separated from the induction facility to integrate with existing vehicle and livestock access routes. The double deck loading ramp installed at Stanbroke was a custom design with a custom spring front.
Kerwee Feedlot - Jondaryan, QLD
Thompson Longhorn was responsible for the detailed design, fabrication, and installation of an automated feedlot induction processing facility at Jondaryan, QLD. This project was a greenfield site and Thompson Longhorn delivered a complete solution package including design and constructed the drainage pit and shed.
This processing facility was the first installation of our latest restrainer - the Hydraulic Sumo - complete with Impact Cancelling Technology (ICT). The drafting system is connected to the feedlot's management software, allowing for real-time management decisions and automated livestock drafting. With a capacity of 11,000 SCU (Standard Cattle Unit), this innovation has resulted in a major reduction in labour.
The other standout feature of this project was the raised mesh floor installed through the bugle, crowd, and lane. This raised floor facilitated quick and easy cleaning which ensures longevity of the equipment.
Grassdale Feedlot - Grassdale, QLD
Thompson Longhorn was responsible for the detailed design, fabrication, and installation of three automated processing facilities at Grassdale, QLD. Two of these facilities were induction yards and once was a hospital facility. Each of these facilities incorporated a pneumatic crowding yard, curved vee lane, hydraulic hospital restrainer and pneumatic draft.
One of the key features and challenges of this project was the design of the induction facility. The two working centres were arranged in a mirrored orientation which resulted in an extensive and custom designed concrete floor.
Grassdale feedlot has a capacity of 30,000 SCU (Standard Cattle Unit) and an estimated annual total of 300,000 cattle movements. With such as high throughput, the time and labour saving advantage of automated pneumatic equipment has made a huge improvement to the efficiency, safety, and economic viability of Grassdale Feedlot.
Whyalla Feedlot - Texas, QLD
Thompson Longhorn was responsible for the detailed design, fabrication, and installation of an automated processing facility at Texas, QLD. This project was a renovation to existing facilities and consisted of a pneumatic crowding yard, double lane curved laneway and a 4-way automated pneumatic draft.
One of the key features of this project was the development of a custom design double lane curved raceway. The challenge with this aspect of the project was the existing concrete slab with which the race and remainder of the working centre was to be integrated.
The upgrades of pneumatic equipment and automation resulted in key improvements:
- Reduced labour requirement
- Improved WH&S
- Improved animal flow
- Improved safety for animals and personnel