Sa­le­yards to be up­graded

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Gareth Thomas

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.

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