Thompson Longhorn stock handling facility helps to streamline feedlot operations

The new Thompson Longhorn stock handling facility at Kerwee has vastly reduced the amount of time spent inducting cattle to the feedlot. The new state of the art system was completed in October 2013, and replaces the original yards built in the 1970’s. Utilising automated systems and touch screen technology, the facility can be manually overridden at any time and is designed to allow as much room as possible for both cattle and staff. Another upgrade was the installation of a high tensile woven wire floor; this floor is designed to reduce slip risk for the cattle as they make their way through the race and crush. General Manager of Feedlot Operations Brad Robinson praised the facility; noting that the number of staff required to induct and draft cattle has been halved, and that since the wire flooring had been installed there had been no animals slip in the yard. Cleaning the facility at the end of operations takes only half an hour with a high pressure hose. A time lapse video of the installation of the Thompson Longhorn facility can be found on the right hand side of our News & Videos page. Both Kerwee and Stockyard are proud to be the champions of the latest technology in lotfeeding.