When it's time to sell an animal, ranchers are paid by its weight. For this reason, the owners of livestock farms and ranches rely on accurate livestock scales which are easily to transported from one place to another, so the cattle can be weighed in familiar surroundings. In the not too distant past, cattle were usually loaded in a truck and taken to the nearest weighing station for weighing. This had its disadvantages. As most livestock are panicky creatures, the would get frightened during the round up and process of being loaded on the truck. Moving to the weighing station and being weighed in its wholly unfamiliar environment resulted in a lot of lost weight through defecation and excessive urination. As much as 5% to 8% of the animal's weight was lost, resulting in an economic loss for the grower. An unnecessary loss, as you will now see.
Today there are plenty of livestock scales the rancher can purchase, which can be laid out on any terrain. These livestock scales are easy to set up and can be arranged so that many animals can be weighed at a time, which ultimately shortens the weighing process. It is much less stressful for rancher and cattle. Livestock scales can be purchases for both small and large animals.