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Major feedlot expansion boosts region’s agricultural industry

22 January 2020

Southern Downs Regional Council today paved the way for an Elbow Valley beef cattle feedlot to boost production by approving a development application to expand its operating capacity at the General Council Meeting in Stanthorpe.

Understanding the importance of supporting agricultural growth in the rural sector, Council approved the application to increase the current capacity from 2,400 standard cattle units to 9,400 along with infrastructure improvements that will result in a world class feedlot facility.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the development would be a significant boost to the region’s agricultural sector and economy, and the approval reflected Council’s strong belief in supporting a balanced future for the Southern Downs across various industries.

“While some concerns were raised through the development approval process, Council officers have listened carefully and addressed these issues by attaching certain conditions to the development approval,” Mayor Dobie said.

“Our region remains largely dependent on the agricultural industry. Once completed, the cattle feedlot at Elbow Valley will be the largest in the region. It’s great to have primary producers investing in our region, and overall it’s a massive boost for the future of the Southern Downs.”

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