Grain Handling Facilities

The grain storage facilities in Hyden are some of the most advanced in the world.

In the 1950's more farmers began settling in Hyden and other nearby farming communities. This placed pressure on the original storage facilities used to store grain, as they could no longer cope with the increase production of crops. The original storage facilities were outdated and inadequate. As a result of this expansion, the Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) decided to build better facilities.

The first storage facility built was a 2700 tonne permanent roof bulkhead followed by a reinforced concrete facility which was built West of the town. The concrete facility was necessary to handle the larger tonnage of wheat, barley, oats, lupins and peas being grown in the area. A second reinforced concrete facility (A-type) was built in 1980. Hyden now has a total storage capacity of 64,000 tonnes.

These storage systems are sealed to create an inert atmosphere and CO2 is used to control the invasion of grain pests.

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