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Dalby Regional Saleyards @ Western Downs is a regional facility run by Western Downs Regional Council.

The facility is run by a local government committee that identifies livestock marketing trends, promotes the Dalby Regional Saleyards and provides a link between livestock agents and Council. The committee advises on the management, development and strategic direction of the saleyards with a view to achieving the long-term sustainability of the saleyards and livestock industry.

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Dalby Regional Saleyard

The $12.6 million dollar saleyards upgrade, which officially opened in April 2015, has cemented the Western Downs region’s reputation as a cattle industry hub. With roofing, pens, lighting, cabling, water facilities, soft flooring, automated drafting facilities, pedestrian walkways, ramps, wash down bay, and safety and compliance upgrades, the saleyards are forging a strong future for livestock marketing in Southern Queensland.

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At Dalby Regional Saleyards, we are a community within a community. For 75 years, we’ve been connecting buyers and sellers and supporting the livestock industry with high-class facilities and stable employment. Driven by the fundamental principles of safety, efficiency and comfort, we’ve grown to support the sale of more than 200,000 cattle per year. We have decades of unrivalled experience in our long-serving livestock agents. Our extensive market access puts us yards ahead of the rest, making us the most efficient facility in the region.

At Dalby Regional Saleyards, we’re wired for the future. We’ve always been ahead of the rest but with our first class elements and practices, we’re industry leaders in animal welfare. We’re delivering better outcomes for our buyers and sellers, and we’re proud to be leading the way towards a strong and ethical future for livestock marketing in Southern Queensland.

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Promoting animal welfare

At Dalby Regional Saleyards, animal welfare is important to us. We’re spearheading industry changes that support better conditions for livestock, delivering improvements in comfort that are more ethical and more in line with international standards of animal welfare.

As hosts of the largest same-day prime cattle sale and one of the largest cattle selling centres in Australia – we believe it’s our social responsibility to encourage development and investment in better conditions for livestock. With more than 200,000 cattle sold through the yards annually, our industry experience and expertise has been invaluable in transforming our facilities for a better future in animal welfare. We have over four acres (1.6ha) under our roof which deliver shade, low temperatures, and softer flooring. These aspects translate directly into better outcomes – not only for the animals, but for our clients, who are benefiting from improved safety, and lower stress levels in the livestock.

Approved by Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal welfare specialist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour, our facility features automated drafting pens, roofing, lighting, cabling, water facilities, and soft flooring. These elements are improving our efficiency and working conditions, and have helped us to become a proud leader in an industry that’s more equitable for animals.

 

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Regional cattle industry leaders

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  • Operational for over 75 yearsWhat really sets us apart is our industry knowledge and expertise.
  • 4,500 head of cattle sold each week We understand the expense and risk involved in the industry—and how to manage it.
  • Continually maintained facility We are continually maintaining and improving our facility since its $12.6 million-dollar upgrade which cemented the Western Downs region’s reputation as a cattle industry hub.
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