It is recognised that the Saleyards provide an essential service to the regional and Australian beef industry, and in these times it is particularly important that supplies to the market are maintained. Therefore, Roma Saleyards remains open for business and continues to encourage healthy competition with its weekly Tuesday Store Sales. However the increased measures are being introduced to ensure that only essential participants are onsite.
The health and wellbeing of registered buyers, agents and workers is our highest priority. To ensure their safety Maranoa Regional Council and Roma Livestock Agents Association are advising that entry to Roma Saleyards for sales will be limited to the following essential attendees:
- Essential agents
- Registered active buyers with genuine intention to purchase
- Saleyard workers (MRC staff, Contractors AAM Operations and Outcross Systems) and
- Transport coordinators (one representative from each company)
However, anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms are requested to stay away from the facility altogether.
Every attendee will be required to register their attendance to be permitted entry (including all workers). If an attendee's presence is deemed non-essential, entry will not be granted.
Attendees will enter the Saleyards through one entrance which will be located on the entry to the main catwalk near the Stud Stock Selling Arena. Once onsite, attendees must practise social distancing by creating a 1.5m distance from others, exercise good hygiene i.e. wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser (which has been placed in key locations).
Transport operators will continue to report to the Load In/Out Office where they will register their attendance when cattle are delivered.
Vendors will shortly be updated through the Roma Livestock Agents Association, and the community will be updated through Council's communication networks.
Additional measures include the availability of disposable gloves and masks for those interested. Increased cleaning will be undertaken during peak periods.
The Roma Saleyards eatery (dining area) will remain closed with take-away food available from the serving window (near the Interpretive Centre). The Roma Saleyards tours remain temporarily discontinued and the Interpretive Centre closed until further notice.
Maranoa Regional Council and Roma Livestock Agents Association welcomes active buyers to the cattle auctions. However other people onsite will be limited to essential attendees.
We recognise that the management of this pandemic is continually evolving, with measures that can sometimes change on a near-daily basis. We will continue to monitor and implement any recommendations and control measures advised by the Australian and Queensland Governments.