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Sheep Sorting Automated

with 24U Phidgets Plug-In

Sheep Sorter from Quebec

Counting sheep may put anyone asleep but for a sheep farmer sorting sheep is a real madness and commercial solutions are too expensive. Therefore our customer Jacques Kirouac from Quebec developed a new solution Sheep Sorter which works on FileMaker Pro with Phidgets 1017 relay using 24U Phidgets Plug-In.

Sheep Sorter from Quebec
    Solution’s Benefits

Solution’s Benefits

  • Price - this Sheep Sorter is cheaper than other commercial solutions
  • Sorting animals by many different attributes
    • Age of the animal
    • Weight
    • Sex
    • Quantity which farmer wants to send in a given area
  • Possibility of additional features such as proximity reader

How Does the Solution Work

Sheep's tag is read and input into the electronic scale. Then info is sent to Jacque's flock management app written in FileMaker Pro.

The app reads the info, extracts the record for weighted sheep, calculates the weight gain, records the weight in the appropriate area. The app selects the door to open to transfer the sheep to the appropriate location.

    Automated Doors

Automated Doors

The scale has 6 automated air controlled doors all controlled by the FileMaker application: one entry door, one main exit door and 4 “sorting doors” that are working according to the instructions given in the application. Each sorting door is activated depending upon a mix of variables: age of the animal, weight, sex and the quantity which farmer wants to send in a given area controlled by a given door.

The first 3 doors are such programmed, and the 4th door is an exit for the animals that either do not meet any of the criteria chosen by the producer or if an animal has received a medication for which the set aside period is not completed (its in the medical record of he animal in the database).

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24U Phidgets Plug-In is used to send appropriate information to the appropriate door for which the conditions are met, and I also control the synchronization between entry and exit doors, timers etc. Jacques has added a proximity reader, also controlled by the plug-in, to initiate the timers only when the sheep has started exiting the scale...

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Available in Canada

Sheep Sorter is offered to all subscribers of the EweManage French and English sheep flock management software in Quebec and Ontario, soon in other Canadian Provinces as well.

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