Dalrymple Saleyards chalks up milestone
An exceptionally busy range of activities at the Dalrymple Saleyards and Equestrian Centre during May has demonstrated the important part the facility plays in the Charters Towers region.
The Dalrymple Saleyards and Equestrian Centre are owned by Charters Towers Regional Council. It offers state-of-the-art facilities for a range of cattle industry needs as well as horse sports, rodeos and other related industry events.
Deputy Mayor Sonia Bennetto whose portfolio responsibilities includes the saleyards and associated facilities, said what was achieved during May was impressive.
“May was an extremely busy month for both the Dalrymple Saleyards and the Equestrian Centre,” Cr Bennetto said.
“The complex is an important part of the fabric of Charters Towers and the wider region, contributing as a business, to the employment and economic growth of the Charters Towers community as well as a centre for recreational activities.
“Dalrymple Saleyards has also attracted interest from a number of neighbouring regional councils, which have visited to view our facilities and operational methods to assist them in reviews of their own saleyard operations.”
Dalrymple Saleyard’s infrastructure and services include two (2) full deck cattle weighbridges, vehicle weighbridge, vehicle wash down facilities and dipping and washing facilities for cattle. As well as providing a marketing facility for cattle and horses, Dalrymple Saleyards is registered for the assembly and holding of live export cattle.
Cr Bennetto said that period from 20 May to 31 May was particularly busy.
“Commendable efforts were made by Council’s saleyard team and Council’s saleyard contractor to achieve outstanding results,” she said.
The activities included:
Processed an export shipment of 2,471 head that loaded out 25 May 2017.
Processed an export shipment of 4,930 head that loaded out 27 May 2017.
Cattle auction sale undertaken 24 May 2017, consisting of 1,565 head.
Horse of the North event at the Equestrian Centre 25-26 May 2017.
Processed 595 head of cattle for the Horse of the North event.
Toomba Stockhorse Sale at Equestrian Centre 27–28 May 2017.
Processed 134 sale lots (horses) during the Toomba Stockhorse Sale.
Elrose Stud Stock Sale 29 May 2017.
Processed 324 cattle and their progeny (222 head) during the Elrose Stud Stock event.
Cattle auction sale undertaken 31 May 2017, consisting of 2,527 head.
The Equestrian Centre is used almost every weekend by a variety of horse sports interests. These include barrel racing, team roping, horse sports, campdrafting, stockman’s challenge and rodeos. The centre has 18 registered swipe card users who have authorised access to the facility allowing practice opportunities for horse riding disciplines.
Cr Bennetto said the diversity and capacity of the complex came to the fore during two events in May.
“During the Horse of the North and Toomba Stockhorse Sale there were 300 people camped on site,” she said.
“In addition to those numbers, more than 1,000 people visited the site to attend either or both events.
“Council thanks the committees of both these events for their patronage and support.”
Photo: Dalrymple Saleyards offers state-of-the-art facilities.
MG 15 June 2017