1. UNDERSTANDING OF SALEYARDS / LIVESTOCK EXCHANGES
a) Atlex were appointed by the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) to design the $54m Muchea Saleyards as a replacement for the existing Midland Saleyards. The new state of the art facility comprises of an undercover livestock saleyard facility & supporting infrastructure, with an annual throughput of up to 120,000 cattle and 1,000,000 sheep.
Key features of the design and management of the facility, which will ensure sustainability are:-
- All main livestock operational areas being undercover and built on either concrete or an impervious clay base;
- Minimisation of effluent production through the use of the latest design and technology in livestock handling facilities;
- Management of effluent and solid waste to maximise recycling and minimise/eliminate use of irrigation in the buffer zone;
- The planned capture of water from roofed areas and other catchments, to make the site self-sustaining with water in the long term
Following the December 2006 Cabinet Approval, WAMIA (through the Department of Housing and Works) have appointed other consultants to the design team including: Ralph Beattie Bosworth Pty Ltd as Quantity Surveyors, Pritchard Francis as Civil and Structural Engineers, GHD as Electrical Engineers and Lincoln Scott as Hydraulic Engineers. Atlex Stockyards continues as the saleyard designer as a direct appointees of WAMIA. The opening was in 2010.
b) Atlex designed the complete Greenfield Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange in 1998, constructed the facility in 1999 and have managed the complete facility in two separate contracts since. This incorporates all Key Elements and Issues including economic impacts to community. This facility is accredited with the National Saleyard Quality Assurance program, which we implemented and managed. We managed all EPA issues including a 1:100 year flood event, acoustics, electrical, drainage, roads, and amenity buildings.
c) Atlex have undertaken many Stage One processes with Consultation and Draft Designs. We have completed this process with Gracemere (Rockhampton), Dubbo (both Sheep and Cattle separately), Coonamble Saleyards.
d) Atlex are very familiar (having completed many kilometers) with auctioneer’s walkways and understand the legal requirements under AS1428.
e) Atlex have constructed two undercover Cattle Selling Complexes – Bairnsdale and Armidale. We have had to make many changes to the design of the Bairnsdale Selling Centre in conjunction with the East Gippsland Shire Council. With the Armidale Cattle Selling Centre, we completed the project on a Design and Construct basis. The outcomes have both been very successful.
f) Atlex are very familiar with regulatory planning and building standards, and will meet Environment Protection Authority requirements. We have written the NSQA guidelines to gain accreditation for Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange and have had annual external audits since. We have assisted the management at Bairnsdale Cattle Selling Complex with their Quality Manual for NSQA accreditation.
g) Atlex have conducted a large number of stakeholder meetings through infrastructure design reviews with saleyards, which amongst others include Horsham, Hamilton, Dubbo, Bathurst, Dorrigo and Coonamble Saleyards. These generally involve at least two meetings with rigorous debate and input.
h) Atlex, fully supported by Dubbo Consultancy Engineers, have intensive experience and expertise directly related to saleyards in:
1. environmental issues including:
- effluent management including treatment and recycling
2. civil engineering including all traffic management
3. lighting including spill and plume
4. water management including:
- sustainability and contamination
5. occupational health and safety issues associated with Australian Standards and Building Code of Australia
6. impact on animal welfare and the impact of soft flooring
7. surveying and positioning of the exact location on the site
8. amenities requirements and architectural design
9. hydraulics and pneumatics design and construction
10. detailed design as outlined above
11. quantity surveying from our experience in quoting over ten major saleyard developments in the last five years
12. construction of more saleyards than any other company in the last ten years – understanding the construction issues and importance of having the detailed design waterproof
13. innovative design concepts including the Adjustable Tapered Drafting Race for sheep and cattle to speed drafting in safety
14. individual weighing and scanning in the quickest and safest operation to prevent reweighing and rescanning
15. radio operated pneumatic drafting with separation between cattle and operators
Although a large percentage of the above expertise may be covered by other members of your Project Team, we are able to fast-track with our expertise in the saleyard industry.
- Public Liability Insurance $10 million
- Professional Indemnity $10 million
3. COSTING OF PROPOSAL
Atlex has the experience of quoting for some twenty sets of saleyards over the last twenty years, in addition to designing many sets of saleyards and costing.
4. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
In addition to all the saleyards, Atlex have completed in excess of 4,000 stockyard designs and constructed in excess of 3,000 different designs. We have designed and constructed abattoirs, which must work, and large-scale feedlots.
Saleyard Projects Completed
MUCHEA SALEYARDS (WA)
2006 – 2010: Atlex were appointed by the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) to design the $54m Muchea Saleyards. As a replacement for the existing Midland Saleyards, the new state of the art facility comprises of an undercover livestock saleyard facility & supporting infrastructure, with an annual throughput of up to 120,000 cattle and 1,000,000 sheep. The design enables WAMIA to introduce new technology and marketing systems, improve animal welfare and establish a modern ‘best practice’ saleyard with associated support infrastructure.
The Livestock Centre will provide a centralised facility for the holding, marketing and distribution of sheep and cattle for Western Australia’s livestock industry. The Livestock Centre is located at Muchea, which is a 302.6 ha rural zoned property, 1.6km east-north-east of the intersection of the Brand Highway and the Great Northern Highway.
The Livestock Centre will be constructed on a 16ha level pad with:
- An undercover saleyard extending over 5.28ha with a lightweight steel frame, open sides, a saw-tooth roof and a total building height of approximately 8m.
- Flooring will comprise a mix of concrete and sawdust (for cattle) and woodchips (for sheep), with the sawdust and chips installed over a compacted clay layer.
- An external hardstand area of approximately 8.63ha surrounding the saleyards. This will have a bitumen surface and support livestock truck unloading and loading facilities, an eight bay truck wash, large and small truck and trailer parking, truck depots, and car parking facilities.
- An external area of approximately 0.62ha incorporating an eight bay truck wash, a waste management working area, a maintenance compound and a workshop.
- Offices, amenities and canteen.
Additional site components, outside of the pad area, are;
- Two large stormwater retention basins; one for collecting “clean-water” and the other for collecting “grey-water”.
- Potable (drinking water) storage tanks for human use;
- Header storage tanks for stock drinking purposes;
- A wastewater treatment system for wastewater generated from the truck-wash facility.
- Approximately 190ha of land for grazing: mostly seasonal.
DUBBO REGIONAL LIVESTOCK SELLING CENTRE (NSW)
1995: Atlex redeveloped the last 54 cattle selling pens. This involved earthworks, manufacture, construction and drainage. The project was completed in 1995.
Designs for a ten-year plan for the sheepyards (the yards have a turnover between 1.2–1.45 million sheep per year).
2003: Design and Construction for a remote circular cattle drafting operation with an eight way draft and a central podium and lever mechanism, which allows cattle to return in the event of a mistake for a redraft. It incorporates a Warwick crush with vet section for mouthing, pregnancy testing, tagging, etc, all safely. It is the preferred drafting race by all agents at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Selling Centre, which has an annual turnover in excess of 170,000 cattle.
2009: Atlex supplied 732m of raised walkway for the sheepyard selling pens and also carried out upgrades to sections of the cattleyards.
SWAN HILL SALEYARDS (VIC)
2007: Supply and construct a new 9.5m electric height adjustable cattle loading ramp with lead-up force
NARACOORTE SALEYARDS REDEVELOPMENT (SA)
2005: Naracoorte Saleyards recently opened 37 new delivery yards at the rear of smaller, poorly-drained delivery yards. Atlex Stockyards were commissioned to design and construct the new redevelopment and integrate into the existing cattleyards.
A cattle laneway allows for flexibility of movement, with all gates safely hitting the opposite laneways for operator safety. All gates have overhead bracing for additional strength.
All the 37 cattleyards have troughs to comply with the National Saleyard Quality Assurance guidelines
DORRIGO SALEYARDS (NSW)
2004: Atlex provided Dorrigo Saleyards with a safety audit to improve their stock flow and move towards NSQA accreditation.
BALLARAT SALEYARDS (VIC)
Atlex worked in conjunction with Sinclair Knight Merz to provide two options of a new site (or to redevelop the existing site). Ballarat City Council has now agreed to move the facility to a Greenfield site. Atlex successfully completed all the concept designs and cost estimates associated with both the redevelopment and Greenfield
BATHURST SALEYARDS (NSW)
2002-2003: Atlex worked in conjunction with Maunsell to develop, through the Development Application, the total redevelopment of the sheep and cattle selling centre, including new plans, flood and effluent mitigation, acoustics and traffic under-cover in 2002 and 2003.
The detailed design was completed in 2005, with the most innovative cattle delivery system ever contemplated in Australia. The cattle saleyards are completely under-cover and the delivery yards will be under-cover in the sheepyards.
NORTHAM SHIRE COUNCIL (WA)
2003: Atlex was commissioned to provide a Concept Report into the relocation of the Midland sheep selling facilities to Northam in July 2003. This included cost estimates and site selection.
YEA SALEYARDS (VIC)
Atlex, in conjunction with the Livestock Exchange Consultancy, developed the next phase of development for delivery yards and to link all walkways.
HAMILTON SALEYARDS (VIC)
2002: Atlex designed a concept design for the under-cover delivery cattleyards.
COONAMBLE SALEYARDS (NSW)
Atlex designed Coonamble Saleyards to comply with NSQA accreditation and to expand to a capacity of 5,000 per head. The project included complete scaled drawings of existing structures (including services). Four consultation meetings were held with Coonamble Shire Council and all other Stakeholders.
ARMIDALE SALEYARDS (NSW)
2000: Atlex redeveloped the saleyards with 206 new cattle selling pens all under-cover. This was a Design and Construct contract involving a sword tooth shed 110 x 76 metres, with associated earthworks, effluent and drainage, manufacture, construction, electrical and plumbing.
The project was completed in 2000 and was in excess of $1.6 million.
BAIRNSDALE REGIONAL SALEYARDS (VIC)
2000: Atlex redeveloped 104 new cattle selling pens all under-cover. This involved a sword tooth shed 76 x 48 metres, with associated earthworks, effluent and drainage management, manufacture, construction, electrical and plumbing. The project was completed in 2000. This project was in excess of $1 million.
Stage Two has been completed and includes two scales, 44 bull pens, crush, a further 46 selling pens and six loading ramps including a double deck ramp, all under a continuation of the sword tooth 76m x 55m. This project was approx $1.7 million. Stage Two also saw the development of Australia’s first ever disabled access in a saleyard: an important contibution to OH&S.
HORSHAM REGIONAL LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE (VIC)
1998 – 2007: Greenfield Project. Atlex was responsible for design, manufacture, construction, management and operation of the Horsham saleyards. The design was completed in 1998, manufacture and construction in 1999, management and operation 1999-2007.
Its capacity is in excess of 20,000 sheep and 600 cattle. The project involved design of civil engineering, effluent and environmental design, water management, electrical design, canteen, scale weighing facilities, concreting, Avdata truck wash and flood irrigation for agistment paddocks. We have gained NSQA accreditation as part of our Management and Operation contract. This project was in excess of $3.9 million.
COOMA AND MONARA REGIONAL SALEYARDS (NSW)
1992: Atlex redeveloped the entire sheep selling complex. This included manufacture and construction, with a capacity in excess of 15,000 sheep. This project was completed in 1992.