New Mt Barker saleyard manager
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.