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5+ Years of Reduced Slipping at Opal Creek Feedlot

Darling Downs, Queensland

Introduction

Opal Creek Feedlot, managed by Angus Lee at Australian Country Choices, faced significant safety challenges in their high-traffic areas with cattle slips, trips, and falls. This case study examines how they addressed these issues using the YoungStar mat.

Client Profile

  • Client: Australian Country Choices
  • Feedlot Manager: Angus Lee
  • Location: Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia.
  • Operational Scope: Manages 30,000 SCU, with a range of short-fed to long-fed wagyu cattle.

The Challenge

  • Safety Concerns: The feedlot was experiencing frequent slips, trips, falls, and injuries such as broken legs and hips, along with foot absences among the cattle.
  • Unsatisfactory Previous Solutions: Previous products failed to withstand the high flow of traffic and did not effectively reduce accidents.

Implementation

  • Ease of Installation: In-house installation was straightforward.
  • Maintenance Benefits: Easy to clean, fitting seamlessly into their daily routine.
  • Angus Lee on Installation: “Installation for us was pretty straightforward. It was easier to adapt the YoungStar rubber matting into our current facilities. We did all the installation in-house.”

"Installation for us was pretty straightforward. It was easier to adapt the YoungStar rubber matting into our current facilities. We did all the installation in-house."

Outcomes

  • Durability and Longevity: The matting proved to be a long-term investment, with a lifespan of over five years, surpassing other products they’ve used.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Although the initial cost was higher than the previous matting Opal Creek had used, it was viewed as an investment due to its durability and reduced need for frequent replacements.
  • Safety Improvement: Significant reduction in slips, trips, and falls.

"We were looking for a product that could tick all these boxes, give us a bit more flexibility, and something worth investing our money into. We've been very happy with the YoungStar matting. When future development arises, we'll definitely be using the same matting, and also we'd recommend it to other businesses and organisations as well."

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