Thirty years on from the launch of the first – and award winning – 4 deck Professional livestock transporter that was showcased at The Royal Highland Show, Houghton Parkhouse have delivered the 1000th and 1001st production series to MacTaggart Bros Limited, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Never a Company to rest on it’s laurels, Houghtons Parkhouse have recently developed a totally new model The Platinum. A sister stable mate to the ever popular Professional – a mainstay on the livestock transport scene – the Platinum has been designed to revolutionise the carriage of multi-species for the livestock transport specialist and offer even greater driver efficiency, safety and ease. The Platinum has control of ventilation for all tiers from ground level, individual lifting trays per bay to allow different species to be carried with variable settings for parting division heights and openings. The lifting trays have no internal side barriers to optimise volume and the entire design is arranged to facilitate fast and easy washing.
Recently a special height model was designed for client Ewen Bowman, Fort William. The Platinum model was built at 13ft height to allow access locally without having to detour around a low bridge. The Platinum trailer offers many lifting deck height options to allow a variety of species and ages of livestock to be carried. Previously the upper deck of Mr Bowman’s transporter had to be broken down before negotiating the bridge restriction.
The same features and benefits of truck based quality have been designed in to the 4wd towed T35 Platinum trailer. Capable of being towed by a farm 4wd, the trailer has a load ride height for ease of loading, stability and fuel efficiency. Tri-axle and tandem axle versions, painted and liveried for individual client’s identity (and security) have been sold in 12 / 13 and 14ft lengths across the UK. Two deck models have a lifting deck; making fast loading with ease. Uniquely, the tray lifts high enough to facilitate walk-in washing of the ground floor after use. The smooth sides of the T35 are especially appreciated by the show cattle community and and this has led to the first sale in Eire. At the same time a T35 lifting deck Platinum trailer is being constructed for a sheep farming customer in Belgium
For more information on Houghtons, please contact @JP1 Jeremy Perkins.
Written by Jeremy Perkins from The Farming Forum