Big upgrade for VDL dairy

29 Aug, 2017 04:00 AM
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Upgrade: Dairy cows on the way to one of the dairy operations at Moon Lake's Woolnorth property.
The construction project would continue to focus on employing locals.
Upgrade: Dairy cows on the way to one of the dairy operations at Moon Lake's Woolnorth property.

Dairy farming giant Moon Lake will spend $2.7 million upgrading one of its major operations at the Woolnorth property in the far North-West.

The existing 50 bail rotary at the farm known as The Gums will be replaced with a new 60 bail rotary platform, expanding the dairy’s potential by about 20 per cent.

Moon Lake managing director Sean Shwe said the construction project would continue to focus on employing locals, consistent with the commitments made in the past.

Daviesway has won the tender, with local contracts to be engaged for the building of laneways, effluent systems and new fences, associated with the modernisation of the dairy shed.

“We selected Daviesway due to the team’s commitment to working with local businesses and the quality and competitiveness of its products,” Mr Shwe said.

Mr Shwe said the Gums Dairy project is an example of Moon Lake’s commitment to the VDL Farms enterprise, and is part of his company’s commitment to invest $100 million over five years on its Tasmanian operations.

“The company spent $6.3m in capital expenditure in 2016, with a further $6.6million in capital committed in 2017,” he said.

The Gums Dairy is a 1000 milking cow farm and spring calving farm.

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