Bill Tatt: Truck wash to improve turn around at Dubbo saleyards

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses the widespread rain across the central west and the issue of weighing trucks at saleyards. Photo: File.
Stock and property: Bill Tatt discusses the widespread rain across the central west and the issue of weighing trucks at saleyards. Photo: File.

Week Ending 30/11/18

Weather patterns appear to be improving somewhat with the arrival of hotter more humid months.

While record breaking rains in the metropolitan areas of Sydney will not solve the drought problems west of the ‘Iron curtain’ it will give us some hope and quieten the doomsayer who suggest that the water catchment areas of Sydney would never ever receive worthwhile water in flows.

Prior to the widespread rain in the central west, Dubbo agents had drawn for some 3600 head for the cattle sale on Thursday, November 29.

These numbers I would imagine will be decimated by the rain.

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Following on from the previous paragraph Dubbo agents scanned more cattle than expected after the rain totalling 2426 head.

Council staff advise that a truck wash is going into the Troy complex which will no doubt improve the turn around of trucks at the wash bay.

Talking trucks, we are still hopeful that the idea of weighing trucks in and out of the saleyards will disappear into thin air.

This whole scenario may be just too difficult and too costly to police, but should possibly be looked at before more charges are imposed...

Bill Tatt

Talk of this has gone quiet at the moment but no doubt the issue will re surface in the foreseeable future.

Some people in positions of authority need to justify the existence and this may be one of those levers.

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While on the subject of trucks, council may be missing out on a chance to collect much needed revenue through the Troy complex with appropriate cattle scarce in NSW and QLD and plenty of prime cattle in the south (selling at cheaper rates).

Dubbo has become the spelling centre for stock in transit between the south and north processing sheds.

Most other centres charge a spelling fee which does not occur at Dubbo.

Today, Thursday, November 29, when agents arrived for work there were 9 B-Doubles loading to continue their journey north.

As one council employee said, on some sale days there are nearly as many cattle in the spelling pens as there is in the complex.

This whole scenario may be just too difficult and too costly to police, but should possibly be looked at before more charges are imposed which are inevitably passed onto the primary producer.

Now for a good news story under the Drought Community Giant Programme, council haver appealed for $195 000.00 to add extra protection for man and beast in the form of covering sales over the cattle yards.

Ross McCarthy manager of Troy feels confident that this request will come to fruition.