What to avoid - and why...
- Narrow yard entrance gates.
- Lack of manways.
- Lack of cross-over gates.
- Hidden extra costs Re: ground pins etc.
- Exaggerated claims with regard to holding/working capacities.
(some capacities claimed must relate to either drought stricken weaners or goats).
- Gates that hinge on the outside perimeter of the yards.
Comparing apples with apples?
YARD B. Total yard area is ONLY 180 square meters (work 65 head hold 128 head).
But other suppliers may call this a 130 to 150 head yard.
YARD B superimposed on an NSS YARD A (To Scale), The National Stockyard Systems yard is 45% bigger !!!!
NSS Gates are wider. All gates under 3.3M have the Fail Safe Slam Catch NSS Gates fold back 180 degrees and 100 degrees through. Most imported gates only 90 degrees each way and that is why some other suppliers hinge gates at the wrong end.
NSS pound gates all face the same way for efficient drafting.
NSS has a patented bolt together joining system.
NSS pricing includes all required ground pins. (Check if ground pins are included with other suppliers).
There are no manways in the imported yard.
YARD B uses 1.8M panels in the working race so race is shorter.
High Tensile Australian Steel is stronger than Imported Steel