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Warwick Saleyards looks to the future with major upgrade and master plan

1 April 2019

The future of the region’s livestock industry is looking bright with Warwick Saleyards set

to receive a $276, 000 facelift.

A new Warwick Saleyards Master Plan and the construction of new infrastructure will ensure the saleyards continue to thrive and maintain a competitive market position in the future.

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.

The Warwick 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.

The improvements will significantly promote a safer work environment for loading and unloading livestock as well as provide positive animal welfare outcomes.

The upgrade works will include:

·         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 the facility.

Deputy Mayor 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.

“The Warwick 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.

“It’s vital we have a plan for the future of the saleyards and develop a business model to ensure its longevity.

“This master 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.

“As the 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.”

The Warwick Saleyards Master Plan will support funding applications for the future development and revitalisation of the Warwick Saleyards.

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