Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets wins inaugural Animal Welfare award at ALMA conference

The Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets (DRLM) were presented with the inaugural Animal Welfare in Saleyards and Lairages Award presented last week (July 27) at the Australian Livestock Markets Association National Saleyards Expo.

Western Plains Regional Council Administrator said congratulations were in order for all the staff associated with the DRLM as well as the agents and buyers.

“The DRLM contributes some $75 million to the regional economy and this award brings more national recognition for a premier saleyards facility,” Mr Kneipp said.

“Animal welfare is fundamental to the successful operation of a saleyards and the DRLM has demonstrated a commitment to best practice and promotion of the importance of animal welfare.

Judging criteria for the award included staff training and development, evidence of animal welfare policy and procedures, communication and implementation, water and feed, facilities and infrastructure and innovation.

Council’s Director Corporate Development Ken Rogers said an important factor that led to DRLM winning the award was employing the right people with the right attitude.

“All the staff at the DRLM have a background of working with animals and genuinely respect animals and their responsibilities in managing animal welfare,” Mr Rogers said.

“On top of this the upgrades that have been progressively completed to selling facilities have been purpose built with animal welfare in mind with features such as rubber flooring in cattle yards, water in each pen, shade sails and safe design principles for receiving yards and delivery pens,” Mr Rogers said.

Media Contact:

Western Plains Regional Council Communications
6801 4000

Last Edited: 11 Aug 2016

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