Sheep Gates, black is the new Green!
Sheep, Farm Management, Sheep Farming
Perkinz has a reputation for being innovative so when their development manager, Wayne Perkins, started talking about making a couple of gates, the question was ‘How on earth do you make a gate innovative?’ Some of the innovations in their gates are instantly apparent, the first thing you notice is that they are made of black plastic, they are light and flexible yet unbelievably strong - as tough as old boots. Arguably the most innovative feature is that they are all made from 100% recycled plastics. Perkinz launched their gates at the recent Christchurch Fieldays as a way to gain and gauge direct feedback from the market. Perkins said the response was overwhelming “People were impressed with the robustness, strength, versatility and price but most of all, it was the “made from recycled plastic” that gave people that ‘Wow!’ moment. Up until now Perkinz has been predominantly selling products into the sheep industry but the number of enquiries and genuine interest from other sectors of the farming industry has convinced them to broaden their marketplace. While the primary use for the gates is assembly as sheep yards and calf and pig pens, they are also great as lead up races to sheep handlers, there is also the option of using the plastic sheets to fix up and line sheds and yards. Perkins says that to him, the standout feature of the plastic in the gates is how tough it is. ‘When we were testing it, we tried smashing it as hard as we could with a big sledge hammer and it seems to be just about unbreakable’. The gates come with zinc-plated steel hinges which are compatible with most other standard size gates on the market. Two handles along the top make for easy lifting. They come in a semi-flexible 6mm and a much more rigid 9mm thickness. The standard sizes are 1200mm x 900mm and 1500mm x 900mm but other sizes can be catered for. For more information visit www.perkinz.co.nz
, Farm Management
, Sheep Farming
, Sheep Gates
, Stud Sheep