Lo­cals in­vest in sa­le­yard fu­ture

New op­por­tu­nity arises in Eidsvold for cat­tle own­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

IT WAS an op­por­tu­nity beg­ging for long-term gra­ziers Tr­ish and Rob By­graves, who just bought the Eidsvold sa­le­yards.

No strangers to the re­gion, the cou­ple have acres of land at their prop­erty and have been in­vested in the cat­tle in­dus­try all their lives.

“I’ve worked in sa­le­yards be­fore and we just thought it’d be a great op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the legacy of Eidsvold be­ing the beef cap­i­tal of the Burnett,” Mr By­graves said.

“It’s such a good area, the ef­fort the peo­ple have put in around the dis­trict here for their qual­ity of cat­tle is fan­tas­tic.”

This year, the By­graves fam­ily hopes to see a lot of cat­tle sold at the sa­le­yards.

“I think the con­tin­u­a­tion of good num­bers, fort­nightly sales, keep­ing a strong mar­ket with plenty of cat­tle and good buyer sup­port (is the key),” Mr By­graves said.

Tr­ish and Rob By­graves have been based in Monto for a good part of their lives and hope to make an im­print in the Eidsvold area.

“We just came from Monto and we run the lucerne farm and the cat­tle place half an hour from the Eidsvold sa­le­yards,” Mr By­graves said.

“We have a cou­ple of cat­tle places and have traded cat­tle all our lives. We have been in the area the whole time and we know what we’re do­ing.”

Next week will be the first sale since the cou­ple bought the sa­le­yards.

“We are just hop­ing for ev­ery­thing to stay the same. We’re known around the area, we just hope it’s a smooth tran­si­tion and the staff will be the same,” Mr By­graves said.

“It’s a well-sup­ported sale so we’re not ex­pect­ing ex­tra num­bers be­cause we’re on the scene. The pre­vi­ous own­ers worked hard and we’ll con­tinue build­ing on that legacy.

“This will keep the sta­bil­ity the same.”

The sale will take place on Au­gust 2 at 12.30pm at the Eidsvold sa­le­yards.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

NEW OWN­ERS: Tr­ish and Rob By­graves at the Eidsvold cat­tle yards.

The Eidsvold sa­le­yards, now owned by the By­graves fam­ily.

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