New ways for busy Tailem Bend silo

Viterra's Tailem Bend head classifier Amanda Shurville and Viterra's eastern region operations manager Jack Tansley stand on the new classification laboratory.
Viterra's Tailem Bend head classifier Amanda Shurville and Viterra's eastern region operations manager Jack Tansley stand on the new classification laboratory.

EQUIPMENT upgrades and installations at Viterra's Tailem Bend silo are making local grain growers grin.

Significant investments across the site have helped speed up the grain drop-off process, resulting in positive feedback through the Viterra Post Harvest Grower Survey.

Viterra eastern region operations manager Jack Tansley said recent upgrades included onsite road works and strengthening storage infrastructure as well as installing a new classification office and constructing additional bunkers.

"The improvements at the Viterra Tailem Bend site have increased elevation capacity and provided more storage with the ability to offer more flexibility," he said.

"The efficiency of the classification process has also improved, reducing the time taken and increasing the throughput capacity.

"When asked how well sites were meeting growers overall needs, 77 per cent of respondents who use Tailem Bend rated the site as excellent or near excellent."

The same ratings were also recorded from 74pc of site users in relation to operating hours and 72pc in ease of delivery.

Tailem Bend is one of Viterra's most significant silos in South Australia and plays a key strategic role in the company's system.

"During peak harvest periods the Tailem Bend site receives more than 16,000 tonnes of grain a day and is now in the process of out-turning the grain which includes trains running, on average, every second day from the site with road out-turns occurring daily," Mr Tansley said.

"Around 24 staff work at the site throughout the year with the number increasing to around 150 over the harvest period, running double shifts to better service our grower customers."

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