OFFICIAL OPENING: Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown opened the $12.6 million upgrade to the Dalby Saleyards with Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne on Wednesday.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown opened the $12.6 million upgrade to the Dalby Saleyards with Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne on Wednesday. Elouise Quinlivan

Welfare is key at new-look Dalby saleyard

A NEW era for livestock sales at the Dalby Saleyards has been ushered in, with $12.6.million upgrades providing higher animal welfare standards and buyer convenience.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne was onsite to officially open the new-look saleyards on Wednesday.

"It's a fantastic result and shared vision ... for a world-class facility for cattle," Mr Byrne said.

"What we're seeing is the creation of a facility that will service the south-east Queensland cattle industry for generations to come.

"The future of beef is very optimistic and when the drought breaks this industry is going to boom."

Australian Livestock Markets Association chairman Steve Loane said he was encouraged by the upgrades.

"The confidence they've shown in this development is fair dinkum. It's really good because the livestock industry is growing and growing," he said.

"The overseas interest we've got is reliant on animal welfare and the facility of this one is damn well perfect."

Landmark auctioneer Terry Ryan said the upgrades meant better working conditions for himself and other auctioneers.

"We are able to sell cattle under the best conditions now. Being undercover they settle quickly, which reduces stress on them," he.said.

He said he expected to see more buyers through the pens after the upgrades.

Fast Facts

  • Total $12.6 million spent on upgrades
  • WDRC contributed $7 million
  • State Government paid $5.4 million through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program 680 pens, about four acres under roof, new soft flooring, lighting, cabling and Wi-Fi

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