Warwick Saleyards looks to the future with major upgrade and master plan
1 April 2019
of the region’s livestock industry is looking bright with Warwick Saleyards set
to receive a $276, 000 facelift.
Warwick Saleyards Master Plan and the construction of new infrastructure will ensure
the saleyards continue to thrive and maintain a competitive market position in
At its March
General Meeting, Southern Downs Regional Council awarded a tender for the
design and construction of five new sheep loading ramps as well as new lamb selling
pens to help meet an increased demand in sales.
Saleyards is the only facility in Queensland that still holds weekly sheep and
lamb sales, and the recent success of cluster fencing programs across the
region has enabled producers to take more livestock to market.
improvements will significantly promote a safer work environment for loading
and unloading livestock as well as provide positive animal welfare outcomes.
The upgrade works
Replacement of existing ramps
Construction of an additional 24 lamb selling pens
Two auctioneer catwalks with alcoves and steps
Two water holding yards with troughs.
At the March
meeting SDRC also resolved to undertake the development of the Saleyards Master
Plan. The master plan will ensure the saleyards continue to be a sustainable
business operation and investigate ways in which to further enhance and develop
Jo McNally said the upgrade works and the master plan will play a crucial role
in the future of the saleyards and the region’s livestock industry.
Saleyards plays an integral part of the agriculture sector and the region’s
economy, and it’s also an important part of the social fabric and the
connectivity of our rural and agricultural community,” Cr McNally said.
we have a plan for the future of the saleyards and develop a business model to
ensure its longevity.
plan will assess the saleyards current operation and look at the whole picture;
consider how producers, agencies and industry groups want to move forward and
what’s happening in the industry itself both in and outside the Southern Downs.
industry changes and evolves, we need to evaluate the saleyards current
business model and ensure the region has quality facilities which meet animal
welfare and best practice standards, and stay ahead of industry trends.”
Saleyards Master Plan will support funding applications for the future
development and revitalisation of the Warwick Saleyards.
information visit sdrc.qld.gov.au or follow Warwick Saleyards on Facebook.