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Record year at the saleyards

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016

For the first time the annual value of cattle sold through the Warrnambool Livestock Exchange has topped the $100 million mark.

Figures for the 2015-2016 financial year show that sales of 90,437 head of cattle, 7,398 calves and 1,117 sheep generated the record return.

The saleyards are owned and operated by Warrnambool City Council and are supported by local stock agents, producers and buyers.

“It’s a great result for the saleyards,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said.

“After a process which considered the future of the saleyards, in February last year Council committed to retaining the saleyards in Warrnambool.

“Council appreciates the solidarity of the agents in supporting the saleyards over many years and we look forward to Warrnambool’s saleyards continuing to be the South West’s premier livestock exchange.”

The past two years have been busy for the region’s cattle producers.

A weaner sale in January featured 4,000 cattle while the top price for the year was $3.84/kg.

Every year Council reinvests in the facility to ensure it meets the expectations of buyers, sellers, the various accreditation authorities and also animal welfare.

“We have allocated funding for work that will include drainage followed by the roofing of a large section of the yards which have earth flooring,” Saleyards Manager Paul White said.

“This will allow for stormwater capture, improve conditions for animals and will mean that we can use this section of the saleyards at any time of the year.

“We’re also adding more lighting, installing a new compressor and water main.”

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