A new cattle cross loading facility designed to improve safety for drivers transporting livestock has been established by IOR at its diesel stop at the Roma Saleyards, and is now open and free to  use.

It is well known that the traditional method of transferring cattle between road train crates (reversing two trucks together and having the driver manually climb over the stock crate to push along stubborn animals from one truck to the other) is considered one of the most dangerous activities for both drivers and livestock.

The new cross loader, modelled on IOR’s popular cattle cross loader facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, will improve productivity, safety for drivers, and animal welfare.

It enables road trains or B-Triples to be driven to the side of a module fitted with gates and unloaded into a B-Double reversed onto the other side.

Rural Queensland producer representative group AgForce said it acknowledged and appreciated IOR’s contribution to the industry with the simple yet high-functioning device.