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Cotter Crate Sheep + Lamb Handler Launched

Cotter Crate Sheep + Lamb Handler Launched

Cotter Agritech has today at the LAMMA Show in England, announced the Irish and UK launch of the award-winning Cotter Crate, an innovative Sheep and Lamb handler that help sheep farmers reduce the hardship in sheep work, and save time and labour costs.

The Cotter Crate is a sheep handling crate that makes carrying out stock management tasks quick, easy and safe, including dosing, vaccinating, tagging, dagging, weighing, mouthing, body condition scoring, and drafting.

Developed by sheep farming brothers Jack and Nick Cotter, the Cotter Crate was created having recognised the industry’s need for a handling system that focuses on making lamb handling easier, and also caters to adult sheep.

The result is a simple to use system, where the animal is comfortably held under its own weight at operator height with its feet out of contact with the ground, without any pressure being applied. This crates a calm handling experience for both handler and livestock and reducing animal handling time.

Nick Cotter, co-founder and CEO, Cotter Agritech said, “The trend is towards higher welfare and more nature friendly farming. And this delivers. It will help to preserve and strengthen the sustainability and profitability of Irish farmers by improving the safety of animal handling, reducing time spent handling and increasing the number of farmers who can uptake vaccination and reduce Antimicrobial use as it's very easy to vaccine with this crate. This will boost agriculture’s social licence."

Earlier this year Cotter Agritech completed the inaugural AgTechUCD accelerator programme dedicated to early-stage AgTech and FoodTech start-ups and was named the 2022 AIB and Yield Lab AgTech Start-up of the Year at the end of the programme. The company has also been supported with grant funding from Local Enterprise Office Limerick and Enterprise Ireland.

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