NO BULL: New statue at the saleyards has taken people by surprise.
NO BULL: New statue at the saleyards has taken people by surprise. Michael Doyle

Unexpected surprise greets the saleyards

PATRONS at the Dalby Saleyards received an unexpected welcome as they arrived for Wednesday's sale.

A new piece of art greeted sellers and left people asking where the bull had come from.

The bull was commissioned by council staff members roughly two years ago, and has seemingly been forgotten.

Councillor Ray Brown said he was inquiring about how and why the bull, which is missing its horns for safety reasons, ended up at the saleyards.

"This never came across the Dalby Saleyards Committee, so I am asking the CEO why the bull is here,” Cr Brown said.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the bull cost council $4000, including installation, and there is a possible explanation for why everyone seemingly forgot about it.

"Unfortunately the artist we got to complete this piece of art had fallen ill, so that delayed the project by at least a year,” Cr McVeigh said.

"It was commissioned as part of the upgrade of amenities in the region.”

Cr McVeigh said the statue was an artists impression of a bull, and the new feature had already garnered attention.

"The statue has started conversation whether people like the art piece,” he said.

"We certainly want our facilities to be a conversation starter.”