KAPUNDA’S JT Johnson & Sons has lodged a development application for a feed research facility, in support of its existing feed mill, on Johnson Road.
The application, lodged with Light Regional Council in February, proposes pens for up to 60 cattle, as well as retrospective approval for two open-ended structures, which have already been erected.
“The proposed development is for a research facility and field testing site that will enable Johnson’s to showcase the performance and successes of their various fodder products on cattle that are kept on site for varying lengths of time,” the application, prepared by urban and regional planning firm URPS, stated.
“The cattle in each pen are fed different diets constructed of Johnson’s feed produced at its feed mill on Perry Road, less than 500 metres from the site.
“The diets are closely monitored for performance as part of the ongoing research and development activities of Johnson’s.”
According to the application, at the end of each cycle (from 30 to 120 days) some cattle will be sent to an abattoir to assess meat quality, and others will be returned to a farm.
As the project is to be located in council’s Industry Zone, it is considered ‘non-complying’ and will be assessed by a future meeting of council’s assessment panel, on merit.
A large component of the assessment will entail determining the nature of the development, and whether it is considered a ‘research facility’, as proposed, or ‘intensive animal keeping’.
Council had previously asked JT Johnson & Sons to remove the subject structures by March 15, but is currently allowing them to stay while their application is assessed and determined.