Saleyards to be upgraded
The Shire of Plantagenet has voted to update the strategic plan of its cattle saleyards in a bid to ensure its long-term sustainability and to increase capacity and ability to embrace new technologies.
A saleyards advisory committee reviewed the strategic plan in October and worked with representatives of livestock agents from Landmark, Elders and Primaries of WA to draft reforms.
Key recommendations adopted were increased flexibility to accommodate special sales and holding cattle for shipping trade, an aim to achieve higher cattle throughput, maintain a competitive fee structure and a continued effort to develop proposals and grant funding applications for the development of new infra- structure. The plan also provides a provision to consider implementing electronic selling systems like ActionPlus.
Plantagenet deputy chief executive John Fathers said by continually improving and upgrading the saleyards, the Shire could maintain its status as a modern facility that valued animal welfare and environmental best practices.
“When the State Government paid off the council’s loans for the saleyards in 2011, the facility has operated as a standalone business unit, meaning that ratepayers’ funds do not contribute to the operations,” he said.
Mr Fathers said changes to the strategic plan and ongoing improvements to the loading areas and related infrastructure would ensure a competitive saleyard with higher cattle numbers.