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• 6 primary pens (dividable into 12 sub-pens)
• Capacity - 150 head adult cattle
• Shade cloth sun shelter
• Onsite industry approved weather station
• Regular pen flooring maintenance undertaken
• Laneway system linking feedlot to the main cattle yards
• Tractor and bin feed delivery direct to bunks

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• 32 Outdoor pens (3m by 10m each)
• Partial roof over central work area and animal pen
• Easy to dispense feed and collect refusals
• Auto water bowl
• Earthen loafing area at rear of pen 6m by 3m
• Direct feed delivery
• Dedicated cattle crush with weigh scales
• Multi drafting and gate penning off options
• Laneway system

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16 cattle metabolism crates
• 16 steel cattle metabolism crates
• Adjustable to handle 200kg to 800kg animals
• Sufficient space for cattle to lie down
• Central urine collection tray
• Auto drinkers
• Feed bins with controlled intake adjustment
• Dedicated crush and entry holding yard
• Evaporative cooling

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Large pens for housing smaller livestock
• 48 individual pens (1.8m by 2m each)
• Pens further subdividable to provide 96 pens
• Designed to house smaller livestock such as pigs, goats, sheep and calves
• Weigh scales and metabolism crates are available and can be custom modified

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Feed preparation area
• 2 feed preparation benches
• Lockable preparation /store room
• Cold room
• Chemical storage facilities
• Two Mettler Toledo in-ground weigh scales
• Bathroom facilities including showers
• Write up area with internet connections

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• 2 climate control rooms (10m by 10m each)
• Rooms can be divided in half creating 4 smaller rooms
• Temperature range 18 degrees to 38 degrees Celsius
• Mesh floors over waste pit
• Open plan
• Lighting, temperature, humidity cycles and frequency of air exchanges can be set and programmed
• 24 hour alarm system
• Accommodates a wide range of animals

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• Hexagon design orientation
• Facilitates preference testing
• Differing conditions can be created in each room
• A wide range of smaller livestock can utilise the complex
• Complex linked to outside holding yard

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• 4 constant temperature rooms of two sizes
• 2 large rooms (4m by 4m) have capacity to create negative air pressure
• 2 insectary rooms (2m by 2m) have adjacent preparation room and are enclosed within a separate lockable corridor
• Lights on timer system

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• 3 multifunction laboratories
• 2 laboratories measure 6m by 6m and are set up to facilitate laboratory work undertaken by up to six personnel at one time
• Certified fume cupboards
• Laminar cross-flow bench
• Larger laboratory measures 8m by 6m with access to animal clinic with a preparation area, operating theatre and animal recovery room
• Designed for flexible use

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• 24 individual large animal pens (2.3m by 4m)
• Split into 2 separate rooms each housing 12 pens
• Used for sheep, pigs, cattle or other livestock
• Suitable for tick research and vaccine research
• Raised mesh flooring
• Head bales incorporated in front of each pen feeder
• Central crush area with incorporated weighing crate
• Evaporative cooled and automatically remotely controlled
• Feed preparation, storage and cold room

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• 2 sections to facilitate the holding of two groups of livestock at one time
• Holds up to 30 weaner cattle
• Crush and scales
• Yards lead directly into the PC1 facility via raceways

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• UQ IBC certified, OGTR and DAg-Biosecurity certification in progress
• 2 identical PC2 animal holding rooms (7m by 12m)
• 1 smaller PC2 animal holding room designed for smaller livestock (4-8)
• Ante rooms and showers
• Adjacent cull rooms and feed rooms
• Connected to PC2 corridor which links to a PC2 laboratory and necropsy room
• Smaller PC2 animal holding room directly linked to PC2 laboratory
• Fumigation ports
• Sophisticated waste treatment system
• Remote surveillance video cameras

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• UQ IBC, OGTR certified and DAg-Biosecurity certification in progress
• Access port for direct sample transfer into PC2 laboratory
• PC2 classified corridor linked to PC2
• BS48 Techniplast biosafety cabinet (Class 2)
• LPG and carbon dioxide ports
• PC2 necropsy laboratory has a built-in incubator and a carbon dioxide alarm
• Bench space for 4-6 researchers
• All laboratories can be customised

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• 4 temperature controlled rooms measuring 4m by 4m with adjacent ante rooms
• 2 evaporative cooled rooms measuring 9m by 6m with adjacent ante rooms
• The 4 temperature controlled rooms can be air conditioned or heated to precise temperature range between 15 to 35°C +/-2°C
• The 2 larger rooms have a 3m by 6m support room which can also be used as surgery rooms
• Air flow is remotely controlled and automated alarms
• Lighting controlled by a timer system
• Flooring of all containment rooms is anti-slip material to maximise welfare
• Rooms designed for flexible inclusion of a variety of penning systems

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• 7 strains across 16 maintenance pens (QDAFF) which are separated from an additional 4 research pens
• Only the 4 research pens are available for new research
• 4 research pens are separated from the rest of the facility by a perimeter fence and gate
• Pens measure 2.5m by 4m
• Mesh floors, individual moats and individual animal squeeze gates
• 2 clean holding yards
• Resources for incubation and storage for equipment and feed

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• 9m by 15m
• Screened with fine mesh
• Large open space allows customisation
• Adjacent ante room, feed storage area and shower and toilet facilities for personnel

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• OGTR Certified and DAg-Biosecurity certification in progress
• 8.5m by 6.5m
• Hoist rated to lift up to 1.25 tonne
• Hoist can move through cull room into the large adjacent necropsy room
• Can be directly linked to PC2 animal holding rooms via PC2 corridor
• Separate male and female access / change rooms for visiting personnel within the necropsy room
• Magnetic knife sterilising and heating dip
• Large area of bench space and storage space
• Transfer port directly into the attached PC2 laboratory
• Office facilities adjacent

 

 

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• Animal clinic consisting of preparation room, operating theatre and animal recovery room
• Preparation room has bench and storage space
• Washing up facilities
• Bench top autoclave
• Open operating theatre to allow customisation
• Portable surgery light and surgical tables can be provided

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• Yards accommodate up to 300 head of cattle
• 3 holding pens with access to fresh water and feeding areas
• Pneumatic crush located directly in front of a weighing crate
• Specialised MLA approved flooring
• Crush with pneumatic squeeze, a pneumatic rear door, and also pneumatically operates a 5-way drafter
• Custom designed gates and panels such that the yards have direct access to most other animal holding areas within QASP

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