Master Plan for the Roma Saleyards Underway
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
The Roma Saleyards is the largest cattle selling complex in Australia with up to 400,000 cattle sold through the facility annually. It is an integral part of the beef industry jigsaw puzzle for Queensland. The Maranoa Regional Council is well aware of the value of this piece of infrastructure and is currently undertaking a master planning process to ensure a sustainable, successful future for the saleyards complex.
Director of Community & Commercial Services for the Maranoa Regional Council, Mr Tony Kline is enthusiastic about the project. “The master planning process has just commenced and we are in consultation phase” he said.
“The plan will have a good look at what the facility needs in order to grow and be equipped to service the beef industry well into the future. We are looking at a number of specific areas including the wash down facility, the future development of the yards and the potential for commercial development of the area located between the saleyards and the highway with a view to providing for the creation of a primary production precinct” Mr Kline explained.
Economic development organization, the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, is also excited about the Maranoa Regional Council’s focus on the facility.
TSBE Projects Manager – Agriculture, Ms Jo Sheppard said “nearly one third of cattle sold in Queensland are sold through the Roma saleyards and it clearly plays a vital role in the beef industry in the region and the State.
“It is a Council owned facility and it is great to see, as its custodians, the Maranoa Regional Council planning now to ensure the future viability of the saleyards to safeguard this important service for the Queensland beef industry” Ms Sheppard went on to say.
“As Australia’s largest cattle selling centre, the Roma Saleyards has the potential to lead the world in terms of best practice and innovation” Ms Sheppard concluded.
The Roma Saleyards is accredited with both National Saleyards Quality Assurance (which refers to animal welfare), and European Union (which refers to the quality of the product allowing it to be sold in the European market).
Auctions are conducted twice weekly with a store sale every Tuesday and a prime sale every Thursday.
These days 98% of cattle arrive by truck in the days leading up to sale. Saleday is a hive of activity and visitors can witness the sale of up to 12,000 head of cattle in a single day.