Horses at the Laidley Saleyards on January 27, 2018. It was the first auction of the year following controversies over water supply, which the Lockyer Valley council has attempted to remedy by installing a tap system to provide water to every pen.
Horses at the Laidley Saleyards on January 27, 2018. It was the first auction of the year following controversies over water supply, which the Lockyer Valley council has attempted to remedy by installing a tap system to provide water to every pen. Melanie Keyte

No protest at Laidley Saleyards despite threats

IT WAS business as usual at the Laidley Saleyards on Saturday for the first horse auction of the year, despite threats of protests against the treatment of the horses.

Organisers had been unsure whether the auction could go ahead after concerns were raised about the provision of water and shade at an auction in December last year.

However, Biosecurity Queensland declared the facility in accordance with its regulations earlier this month and attended the sale on January 27 to ensure conditions were up to scratch.

Two skinny foals were given water by concerned onlookers
Two skinny foals were given water by concerned onlookers Contributed

A new tap system was installed by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council following negotiations with the site's auctioneers and the sales began one hour earlier than usual in an effort to keep the animals cool and well-watered.

Though there weren't as many people in attendance as usual, all who walked between the pens inspecting the horses said they were satisfied the animals were well cared for.

One volunteer said he spent half his day yesterday cleaning the troughs in preparation for the sale, and was pleased that it was now easier to get water to all the pens.


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