Sale yard upgrade gets finishing touches

Manager Saleyard and Showgrounds Ross McCarthy with Stock and Station Agent Peter Milling at the Thursday cattle sale which saw a yarding of more than 7000. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Manager Saleyard and Showgrounds Ross McCarthy with Stock and Station Agent Peter Milling at the Thursday cattle sale which saw a yarding of more than 7000. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The finishing touches are being put on the upgrades to the cattle facility at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market (DRLM).

Shade sails are being installed over the cattle pens just in time for the warmer weather.

“The DRLM has one of the largest cattle selling complexes in in the country and it is important that we provide excellent facilities for everyone who uses the sale yards,” Dubbo Regional Council (DRC)’s manager sale yard and showgrounds Ross McCarthy said.

“DRLM has a high level of commitment to animal welfare that ensures animals remain in the best possible condition for sale and the installation of these shade sails complement that.

“The installation of the shade will put the finishing touches on all the work that has been done to improve the DRLM.”

The shade sails are part of the $6.6 million upgrade, which was funded in part by the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

“The upgrades also included the construction of a second weighbridge, 144 new selling pen equivalents, four double-deck ramps to date and the reconfiguration of two express lanes,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Thirteen air-operated drafting gates and two ratchet rotary force yards were installed, along with an additional 32 receiving pens with buyers’ and auctioneers’ walkways.

“This additional capacity for improved cattle management at the saleyards has allowed us to accommodate high cattle numbers with greater ease.”