Queensland’s South Burnett Regional Council supported the Coolabunia saleyards capital works projects to improve and upgrade water security with a $150,000 investment.
The project involved installation of isolation taps for existing storage tanks, maintenance of a bore pump, a new ring line for the whole complex, removal of old troughs and installation of 56 new troughs throughout the holding and selling pens.
South Burnett Mayor, Brett Otto, said the work “has certainly lifted the look and feel out at the yards and has been well received by agents, users and the general public”.
Councillors Scott Henschen and Kathy Duff are on the saleyards working group who steered the improvements.
“Water troughs are an extremely important part of saleyards today, mainly because of the welfare of stock,” Mr Henschen said.
“Producers and purchasers like to see stock presented in ‘full’ condition. A beast can drink up to and in excess of 45L per day. The new water troughs in the saleyards have provided a much better source of water which has made cattle more content, and much more efficient to maintain.”
Mr Duff said it was great that the Council had upgraded the Coolabunia Saleyards.
“These yards are not only a place to sell cattle, but also a social gathering point for rural people. It is important that the yards are safe and well maintained for the welfare of the cattle and to support the important rural industries that rely on this selling complex.”