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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: crobertson on November 28, 2019, 08:46:20 pm

Title: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: crobertson on November 28, 2019, 08:46:20 pm
Hi folks

I'd like to get our ewes scanned this time as we haven't previously and think we can manage them better knowing what they are carrying.

I've been quoted £80 for someone to come and scan 10 ewes but have no idea if this sounds about right?

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: landroverroy on November 28, 2019, 09:14:45 pm
Yes I would say that's pretty good. Takes as long to set up to scan 10 as it does for 100, and obviously you don't have the economies of scale.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: tommytink on November 28, 2019, 09:16:10 pm
Iíve heard a pound a sheep but like shearing there may be a set up fee? That was from someone with 100 plus sheep though. Weíre prob getting ours done at the same time as them which keeps cost down. I donít know if smaller numbers equal higher cost??
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Womble on November 28, 2019, 09:17:40 pm
I've been quoted £80 for someone to come and scan 10 ewes but have no idea if this sounds about right?


Yes, IME that's about right for small numbers.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: crobertson on November 28, 2019, 09:51:47 pm
Brill, thank you all ! :)

Hopefully it'll help as previously as after a few years of tweeking we still had slightly large single lambs and slightly small twins when trying to feed without knowing. I think our singles will be fine on just good meadow hay and crystalyx.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: twizzel on November 28, 2019, 10:27:34 pm
Sounds about right. Iíve been quoted £70 minimum charge
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Twotwo on November 29, 2019, 05:32:46 pm
Thatís what I pay .... £80 for 100 ewes and under. I have 14 but think itís worth it re knowing what to feed.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: sheeponthebrain on November 29, 2019, 08:39:03 pm
can you not latch on with a neighbour when they do theirs?
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Anke on November 29, 2019, 08:59:43 pm
Biosecurity will be compromised if you take your sheep onto a different holding... it may be worthwhile to pay the 80 pounds.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: SallyintNorth on November 29, 2019, 09:31:56 pm
Biosecurity will be compromised if you take your sheep onto a different holding... it may be worthwhile to pay the 80 pounds.

The sheep scanners Iíve seen donít clean their equipment between flocks...
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: twizzel on November 29, 2019, 10:41:57 pm
Biosecurity will be compromised if you take your sheep onto a different holding... it may be worthwhile to pay the 80 pounds.

The sheep scanners Iíve seen donít clean their equipment between flocks...


The scanners I have met definitely have.


As a note technically taking sheep to another holding for scanning shearing etc and then bringing them home is very naughty, as once they arrive at the neighbours the 6 day standstill is in place
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Buttermilk on December 01, 2019, 08:15:58 am
The only equipment my scanner brought was his monitor, battery and scanning head.  I provided the catching and holding facilities and he charged me £35 for 10 ewes.  I was on his route between home and another job.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Anke on December 02, 2019, 09:42:52 am
Biosecurity will be compromised if you take your sheep onto a different holding... it may be worthwhile to pay the 80 pounds.

The sheep scanners Iíve seen donít clean their equipment between flocks...

Or 13 days if you are in Scotland.

The scanners I have met definitely have.


As a note technically taking sheep to another holding for scanning shearing etc and then bringing them home is very naughty, as once they arrive at the neighbours the 6 day standstill is in place
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: ilyria on December 17, 2019, 03:26:15 pm
We paid £50 for 36 sheep last year. The scanner said his minimum charge was £40
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Bramham Wiltshire Horns on December 20, 2019, 04:50:21 pm

i had mine scanned for £70 for 5 ewes, i was happy to pay as its very hard to get scanners to do small numbers

my only issue was that she got 3 wrong and i ended up with 3 sets of triplets rather than the twins scanned!

i had them on a feed regime for twins and they all turned out pretty decent so part of me was thinking not bothering this year, and using the same feeding regime,

i would have trouble if i had a single but as Wiltshires are very prolific id be pretty confident that i wont get a single

Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: twizzel on December 21, 2019, 11:25:17 am

i had mine scanned for £70 for 5 ewes, i was happy to pay as its very hard to get scanners to do small numbers

my only issue was that she got 3 wrong and i ended up with 3 sets of triplets rather than the twins scanned!

i had them on a feed regime for twins and they all turned out pretty decent so part of me was thinking not bothering this year, and using the same feeding regime,

i would have trouble if i had a single but as Wiltshires are very prolific id be pretty confident that i wont get a single


If you paid that much and 60% were scanned wrong Iíd be asking for my money back!


I had a similar experience last year but decided to try again this year with a more experienced scanner who came recommended and luckily could fit me in. Iím glad I did as thereís 5 sets of triplets and a set of quads to keep an eye on. If I hadnít scanned and fed for twins I think we would have problems at lambing time. So if you can get an experienced scanner again I would definitely scan them.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: SallyintNorth on December 21, 2019, 12:10:28 pm
If you want the scanner to be sure to identify triplets you may need to tell them.  In the uplands of the north of England, they basically look to distinguish between geld (empty), one and multiple.  If they happen to see more than two they will call it, but unless you ask them to specifically, they donít take the time to seek additional lambs once theyíve found two.

It may well be different in the south, but in the northern uplands, you need to be feeding twins and above, end of, so the job of the scanner is to filter out the empties and the singles.  Theyíll be doing several flocks of 500+ each day, too, so itís about speed too.
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Bramham Wiltshire Horns on December 21, 2019, 01:03:07 pm

i had mine scanned for £70 for 5 ewes, i was happy to pay as its very hard to get scanners to do small numbers

my only issue was that she got 3 wrong and i ended up with 3 sets of triplets rather than the twins scanned!

i had them on a feed regime for twins and they all turned out pretty decent so part of me was thinking not bothering this year, and using the same feeding regime,

i would have trouble if i had a single but as Wiltshires are very prolific id be pretty confident that i wont get a single


If you paid that much and 60% were scanned wrong Iíd be asking for my money back!


I had a similar experience last year but decided to try again this year with a more experienced scanner who came recommended and luckily could fit me in. Iím glad I did as thereís 5 sets of triplets and a set of quads to keep an eye on. If I hadnít scanned and fed for twins I think we would have problems at lambing time. So if you can get an experienced scanner again I would definitely scan them.

You live and Learn I suppose, I messaged the her told her she went wrong
Hopefully we both learn from it
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Bramham Wiltshire Horns on December 21, 2019, 01:06:17 pm
If you want the scanner to be sure to identify triplets you may need to tell them.  In the uplands of the north of England, they basically look to distinguish between geld (empty), one and multiple.  If they happen to see more than two they will call it, but unless you ask them to specifically, they donít take the time to seek additional lambs once theyíve found two.

It may well be different in the south, but in the northern uplands, you need to be feeding twins and above, end of, so the job of the scanner is to filter out the empties and the singles.  Theyíll be doing several flocks of 500+ each day, too, so itís about speed too.

I will be sure to mention it this time,
There was no more surprises than me when I went to check on the twin the next morning to find another stood there
Title: Re: Sheep scanning fee?
Post by: Bramham Wiltshire Horns on January 11, 2020, 05:58:18 pm
I have a new lady coming this time for half the price and been doing it a few years do hopefully she will be good