New Mt Barker sa­le­yard man­ager

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK -

Shire of Plan­ta­genet has ended its search to re­place out­go­ing Mt Barker Re­gional Sa­le­yards man­ager Stew­art Smith, ap­point­ing the boss of a Pil­bara pas­toral lease to the top role.

Hill­side Sta­tion man­ager Greg Moore is poised to takeover the po­si­tion be­fore the year’s end from Mr Smith, a Nar­rikup farmer who ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion in Au­gust af­ter a decade at the helm.

Shire deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive John Fa­thers said an ex­act start date had not been de­ter­mined, but Mr Moore would start later this month or early De­cem­ber.

“It is a big role, espe­cially com­ing to­wards the end of the year when we have dou­ble sales or triple sales in some weeks. It is go­ing to be great to see Greg in that role,” he said.

“Greg will be a great as­set and he will work with all stake­hold­ers to en­sure the fa­cil­ity is vi­able and ef­fi­cient.”

Erika Hen­der­son has served as act­ing man­ager at the Shire of Plan­ta­genet-owned Mt Barker sa­le­yard af­ter Mr Smith’s res­ig­na­tion.

At the time of his res­ig­na­tion, Mr Smith said he planned to fo­cus on spend­ing time with his fam­ily and work­ing his farm af­ter de­part­ing the role.

He said he was proud of the im­prove­ments im­ple­mented at the sa­le­yards dur­ing his ten­ure.

Mr Smith also noted the fa­cil­ity claim­ing the Aus­tralian Live­stock Mar­kets As­so­ci­a­tion’s An­i­mal Wel­fare in Sa­le­yards and Lairages award last year for its high live­stock wel­fare stan­dards.

In Au­gust, for­mer Craig Mostyn Group gen­eral man­ager Greg Lott was ap­pointed act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the State Gov­ern­ment’s WA Meat In­dus­try Author­ity.

Mr Lott re­placed An­drew Wil­liams.

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