The Stratton sales barn is in need of some upgrades.
That was the word from Barn Modification Committee member Aarne Hahkala at the annual meeting of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association last Wednesday evening in Stratton.
Hahkala said the committee toured the facility in November and came up with a list of improvements to it.
They include reworking the pen structure (i.e., dividing larger pens into smaller ones) and installing state-of-the-art Radio Frequency Identification reading equipment.
All told, the estimated costs of the improvements will be about $202,000.
Hahkala said the committee is confident it can get 40 percent from FedNor, 40 percent from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., and $5,000 from the Rainy River Future Development Corp.
“We will need $20,000 in cash and $15,000 in in-kind labour from our members,” Hahkala noted.
The scheduled start date for the work would be April 1, 2008, with the project being completed by Dec. 31.
“I figure with the in-kind labour, we are looking at 90-cent dollars,” Hahkala concluded.