Our work with farmers is always about finding the most effective way do get the job done. It’s about functionality and reliability; how can we make sure the building does what it needs to and how can we make sure that it lasts a long time.
People building farming structures come back to us because they know we’re dedicated to quality and they know that we’re flexible. Whatever you need, we can work with our engineers and designers to make it happen.
This building was a large build for machinery storage. Because of the range of machinery being used, and the frequency with which they were moved around, the building needed to be large and easily accessible.
We worked with the client to find a way to builda space that was large enough without comprising accessibility. We installed 12 metre clear span openings that allow even the largest machines to get in. The building was also accessible from both ends so there was no concern of accidentally blocking in other machinery.
We left huge amounts of room so that machinery could be shifted around and reorganised. The project came together fantastically and is now an important part of a very productive and busy farm.
This Palomino miniature pony named Mr Cheddar visits elderly residents.
The friendliness of the pony brightens up the routine of their day, often helping bring back memories from their childhoods. The feel of their fur has been shown to help elderly citizens think back to their earliest memories.
Mr Cheddar also loves the attention; being groomed, brushed and petted by the residents.
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How To Calm A Skittish Horse
Easy-to-frighten horses are skittish and can be difficult to work with. But if something in the environment is scaring your horse, there are ways to help your horse be more calm.
Researchers tested three different methods to find out which was the most effective.
The Fear Stimulus: A white nylon bag.
This research used a white nylon bag that was able to be moved along a line. This was found to be universally uncomfortable for horses, and provided a good test stimulus.
The Habituation Method
Horses were exposed to the nylon bag repeatedly until they had become more calm.
The Desensitization Method
Horses were gradually exposed to the nylon bag. The first stage was much less intense than later stages and horses only moved onto the next stage when they were totally comfortable with the current stage.
The Counter-Conditioning Method
Horses were given food rewards every time the nylon bag appeared. This intends to build up a positive association that overcomes the negative association of the fear response.
Most effective method: Desensitization
The desensitisation method was the only method that worked for all participating horses. It was the most effective, longest-lasting and fastest process.
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