$9 million worth of cattle sold in new record
DALBY'S economy has been beefed up this week after the saleyards recorded the largest day of sales for the year
About $9 million of cattle was sold at the Dalby saleyards, with 8410 head of cattle booked and 7912 head of cattle sold.
The massive day of sales created a welcome boost to the Western Downs economy, councillor Ray Brown said.
"You're talking about $9million worth of cattle," he said.
"When you do the multiplier effects of what that is to our economy and our transport industry ... that's a huge investment in agriculture in our region."
Not only were the sales instrumental in drawing money into the community, Cr Brown said, they were also a way to put the Western Downs on the map.
"We can run so many cattle through there, huge dollars to our economy, but it also adds huge value to our community," Cr Brown said.
"We're very fortunate that the community has gotten behind us.
"We're one of the largest one-day sales (in Australia). Roma is always next to us, but we're the largest in Australia.
"This week we were by far the largest.
"We've got a state-of-the- art operation. Both in welfare and workplace health and safety, we're leading in the world.
The success of the sale days came down to the dedication of the local agents and the quality of the work they produced despite several environmental challenges, Cr Brown said.
"Our agents are very proactive in promoting ourregion," he said.
"Even though there's a drought and everything else,the cattle are presented in a world-class condition and creating first-class prices - it's a winner for everyone."