POULTRY farm Baiada plans to replace its old sheds with better technology.
Contractor ProTen has lodged an application to modify its DA for the Bective farm with Tamworth Regional Council.
“The sheds that are there have come to the end of their life and there’s better technology,” ProTen managing director Daniel Bryant said.
“There’s better insulation and ventilation, obviously the better we can control the environment in there the less odour and impact there is on neighbours – that can only be good.”
The existing property has 16 tunnel ventilated sheds with a production capacity of 2.5 million birds each year.
The $12 million upgrade would replace these with 12 newer, larger sheds but will not allow for more production.
“To clarify, it’s a development approval modification, not a new project - we’re just upgrading the existing farm,” Mr Bryant said.
If the development modification application is approved, ProTen expects to get cracking on the project in June or July this year.
“We will build six new sheds while the farm is currently in place and then we will demolish the last few sheds so we won’t lose any production in the process,” Mr Bryant said.
“We’ve been here since 2004 but the farm has been there for around 25 or 30 years.”
The existing sheds provide 23,546 square-metres of floor space.
The modification is on public exhibition from Monday February 11 to February 25.
Members of the public can make submissions on the DA modification on Tamworth Regional Council’s website.
The application has no impact on the second larger Baiada farm at Gidley, with 24 tunnel ventilated sheds.
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