Minister to officially open Dalby Saleyards upgrade
MINISTER for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne will officially open the $12.6 million upgrade to the Dalby Saleyards today.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the upgrade marked a new era for livestock sales, creating a nationally-significant saleyard complex that was modern, comfortable, efficient and safe.
"The Dalby Regional Saleyards is a big player in the Australian cattle industry. We've built a reputation as the number one same-day prime and store cattle sale in the country, and, with an average of 4,500 head sold through the yards each week, we are strengthening our position as the second largest cattle selling centre in Australia," he said.
"We now have 680 pens, four acres under roof, new soft flooring, lighting, cabling and Wi-Fi, automated drafting, water facilities, pedestrian walkways, ramps, a washdown bay under construction, and other safety and compliance upgrades, all of which are making a big difference to how cattle are bought and sold.
"Dalby continues to be a popular location to buy and sell due to its strategic location at the crossroads of three major highways, access to rail transport and its proximity to meatworks, feed-on properties and feedlots."
The council allocated $7m towards the upgrade.