Nathan Walters, from Project Water, back at left, with South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto and councillors, and representatives from Aussie Land and Livestock at Coolabunia Saleyards on Tuesday

July 12, 2022

South Burnett Regional Council has invested $150,000 in installing new water troughs and splityard gates at the Coolabunia Saleyards.

The investment follows discussions with the Coolabunia Saleyards Working Group which is made up of Council representatives, community members and representatives from sales agents.

A total of 56 troughs have been installed in holding and selling pens by Project Water, a Kingaroy-based irrigation company.

Isolation taps have also been installed on existing storage tanks, a new ring line installed and a bore pump overhauled.

Mayor Brett Otto, councillors and representatives from cattle agents Aussie Land and Livestock inspected the upgrades on Tuesday afternoon.

The new troughs will improve animal welfare while the splityard gates have effectively created more selling pens.

“This has certainly lifted the look and feel out at the yards and has been well received by agents, users and the general public,” Mayor Otto said.

Cr Scott Henschen, one of the Council representatives on the working group, said water troughs were an extremely important part of saleyards these days.

“Producers and purchasers like to see stock presented in ‘full’ condition. A beast can drink up to and in excess of 45 litres 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,” he said.

Cr Kathy Duff, another Council representative on the working group, said Coolabunia Saleyards were 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,” she said.

James Bredhauer, from Aussie Land and Livestock, welcomed the upgrades as well as recent improved telecommunications facilities at the saleyards.

More upgrades are planned at the Coolabunia Saleyards in the future.

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