Working dogs get a place to rest

Noel Hocking, and his dogs Sarge and Jed, in the new dog yard at the Central West Livestock Exchange.
Noel Hocking, and his dogs Sarge and Jed, in the new dog yard at the Central West Livestock Exchange.

Working dogs now have a place to cool off at the Central West Livestock Exchange.

A secure yard with kennels, a water trough and a tree has been built at the Forbes saleyards and is now available for truckies to leave their muzzled dogs while they are waiting to load or unload.

"The Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange has a throughput of up to 45,000 head of livestock on any one time," says Forbes Shire Council General Manager Steve Loane.

"Dogs are working in extreme conditions. The need for a safe place to keep dogs at the Central West Livestock Exchange was urgently needed."

It is no secret that the heavy transport industry rely heavily on working dogs, the council's media release explains.

When the job is done the dogs are put back in the truck either in a crate on the underside of the trailer or up top in the tray.

On a sale day, especially through the summer months, the temperature can reach up to 50 degrees on the tarmac.

The dog yards at Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange came about after a discussion at the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Cariers Association (LBRCA) Conference in Griffith earlier this year between Forbes Shire Council General Manager Steve Loane, Ed Wall and Paul Pulver, President of LBRCA.

"The news of Forbes Shire Council constructing a facility for working dogs at the local saleyard is welcomed by the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association of NSW (LBRCA)," President Paul Pulver said.

Mr Loane said the council was pleased to provide a service that helps the heavy vehicle industry as well as farmers.

Some of the funds received through the Federal Government's $1 million drought assistance fund were used to subsidise the project, carried out by local farmer trade workers.

"Thanks to the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Member for the Riverina, Michael McCormack for ensuring our drought assistance money could be used to help our community," Mr Loane said.