CORMACK A cabinet shuffle earlier this week has delayed a decision from the provincial environment department on a Cormack mink farm.
Department spokesperson Deborah Thomas said the newly posted environment minister Joan Shea will look at the proposal from the Na-tallie Ranch in the coming days. The facility’s owners, who could not be reached, plan to increase the farm’s current capacity of 2,500 female breeders to 15,000, which would necessitate the construction of six new mink sheds and a storage area in two phases.
Public comments closed for the project on Oct. 1 and the decision was due Thursday.
The farm, located at the end of Birch Avenue in Cormack, is bustling right now, with structures being constructed and workers putting together metal structures. Plans call for the installation of an automatic manure system for each shed, which will transport the manure to pits, where it will be trucked away to be used by local dairy farmers.
Thomas said more information could be forthcoming by early next week.