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Metal pens with a tin roof.

Ag industry asset almost finished

Monday 16 November

Construction of the new pens at the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange is almost complete.


The upgrade will add comfort and versatility to the site, with 100 new sheep pens complemented by 70 multipurpose pens at the East Gippsland Shire Council facility. A new B-double loading ramp is also part of the project.


The old sheep pens had no shelter and were made of timber. All the new pens will be undercover and feature soft flooring for improved conditions.


When asked about the new facility at a recent sheep sale, Bill Wyndham & Co livestock agent Gerard Ogilvie said he couldn’t wait for sales to move into the new yards.


“I’m looking forward to it. Being undercover will be great; I won’t have to find a jacket when it starts raining. The new area is well designed, and it will be an asset for the industry and the area,” Mr Ogilvie said.


General Manager Place and Community Jodie Pitkin said the multipurpose pens will be beneficial.


“The multipurpose pens can be used for sheep or other stock, giving us increased capacity for the larger sales during the year. The layout will also improve the flow of stock through the yards,” Ms Pitkin said.


The new sheep and multipurpose pens will maximise selling efficiency and minimise stress on animals.


“The roof and soft flooring will improve conditions for the animals. There is also the added benefit that farmers, buyers, stock agents and livestock exchange staff will also be more comfortable as they won’t be exposed to the elements.


“This project is a long-term investment for the agriculture industry and farming community, and we look forward to the works being completed and the first sale in the new yards,” Ms Pitkin said.


The Australian Government’s drought infrastructure funding contributed $542,638 to Stage One.


Stage Two of the upgrade cost $1.2 million and was funded by council.

 Metal horizontal bars as far as you can see with a tin roof.

 Some of the new pens at the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange.

New b-double loading ramp.

New loading ramp suitable for b-doubles.


Old loading ramp.

The old loading ramp.


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