Greendale feedlot is located in Dalby, Queensland in the Darling Downs and is one of the countries largest ever.
It can hold up to 52,000 cattle on site and is one of Australia’s chief suppliers of beef. It is located on almost 6,000 hectares, of which 2,600 are cultivated. The mega farm was completed in 2007 and is the only large scale one to be built in the past 10 years.
It contains state of the art feed milling and cattle handling facilities also. It is run by Mort and Co’s, who also run feedlots in Pinegrove and Gunnee.These farms are not quite as huge as the one in Dalby however.
The farm hosts annually the Paddock to Palate competition. This sees over 800 cattle arrive every year to be judged on carcase quality, weight gains, beef quality, eating quality and meat colour.
The site is so big that when they competition is held, buses are needed to travel around the area. The facility was the first of it’s kind to be built in South Australia.
The farm currently employs over 90 people and they held to turn to slaughter over 230,000 cattle every year! The company has a licence to hold up to 52,000 cattle on feed, while they turn off approximately 3,000 head every single week. 50 trucks can be seen coming and going from the site every single day, making it very busy indeed. The farm also sees around 1200 cattle inducted every day.
The farm also look to maintain weight gain through the summer months, by offering them shaded areas to hide from the heat of the Sun. They supply the farm with water from Coal seam gas, with over 35 gas wells on site.
The pens are cleaned every 70-72 days, with the usual time around every 100 days. Though they carry out regular foot inspections and cleaning to prevent infection in the animals. They carry out these innovations and always look to improve as they feel happy cattle makes for good beef.
Every day they feed out about 700 tonnes of feed, this means around 500 tonne of grain.
You may think this feedlot would be the biggest, though you would be wrong. This feedlot is only the fourth biggest in Australia. See the below list of other monstrous feedlots operating in the country.
Company One time capacity Estimated turn off 2014
JBS Australia, 150,000 395,000
Teys Australia, 67,000 220,000
Whyalla Beef, 56,000 132,000