New roofs to improve Mt Barker saleyards
The Shire of Plantagenet has selected Albany builder Kosters Steel Constructions to design and construct skillion roofs at the Mt Barker Regional Saleyards.
The $400,000 project is expected to improve cattle presentation, animal welfare and stock pen waterlogging, among other things.
The Great Southern Development Commission has provided a $200,000 grant as part of the Royalties for Regions program, while the remaining costs will be covered by the Shire.
Some of the other benefits associated with the new roof include increased water supply via additional storm water run-off, which can be used for stock drinking water and wash down.
Customers who face direct weather during sales will welcome the new roof, in particular during hot weather in the weaner season.
Shire of Plantagenet acting chief executive John Fathers says the new roof will ensure the saleyard maintains its strong reputation.
“By continually improving and upgrading the saleyards, we can maintain its status as a state-of-the-art facility that values animal welfare and environmental best practices,” he said.
GSDC deputy chairman Ross Thornton said he believed the project aligned with the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint.
“Primary production is acknowledged in the blueprint as the key strength of the Great Southern economy,” he said.
“Maintaining and improving the sector’s enabling capital infrastructure is essential to encourage the private investment that will drive long-term regional growth.”
Design and manufacturing processes have already begun, with manufacturing of steel components due to begin this month while on-site construction will start in July.
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