Sky’s the limit for sa­le­yard

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS - By SHANE DOUTHIE

THE rise of the Wan­garatta Live­stock Ex­change to be­come one of the pre­mium sa­le­yards in North East Vic­to­ria has been a god­send for many long term users of the fa­cil­ity.

For many lo­cal farm­ing fam­i­lies the mar­ket has been a part of their lives for gen­er­a­tions.

David Evans from Moyhu is one of the sa­le­yards’ big­gest sup­port­ers and his fam­ily’s links to the op­er­a­tion go back over a cen­tury, well be­fore it was on its cur­rent site.

His fam­ily traded at the sa­le­yards early in the 20th cen­tury when they were sit­u­ated where King Ge­orge Gar­dens are now be­fore they shifted to Batch­e­lor’s Green in the late 1930s and Mr Evans’ brother, Doug, was mayor of the ru­ral city when the sa­le­yards moved to Shan­ley Street in 1977 (Ox­ley Shire was rep­re­sented by (late) Crs Algy Swin­burne and Tom Wadley and Wan­garatta Shire by Crs Bill McCor­mack and Jack O’Keefe).

Mr Evans has been sell­ing his cat­tle in Wan­garatta for over 60 years and he be­lieves the new com­plex has the po­ten­tial to dou­ble or even tre­ble its ca­pac­ity.

“It’s a bet­ter set-up than Bar­nawartha for show­ing off cat­tle, it’s bet­ter for the an­i­mals and it’s bet­ter for the ven­dors,” he said.

“The lo­cal yards also have fat cat­tle pre-sale weigh­ing which is bet­ter for the ven­dors and bet­ter for the cat­tle’s wel­fare.

“The new roof­ing also pro­tects the soft stand­ing in the pens al­though they could prob­a­bly put even more soft stand­ing in the yards to make it even bet­ter.”

He said the smaller yard­ings at Wan­garatta also favoured ven­dors, par­tic­u­larly smaller pro­duc­ers.

“Some­times the smaller pro­duc­ers can be swamped by much big­ger yard­ings like at Wodonga,” Mr Evans said.

“But Wan­garatta also has the abil­ity to present large lines of cat­tle very well, par­tic­u­larly at store sales or the Blue Rib­bon sales.”

He said all the Wan­garatta sa­le­yards needed to build on its suc­cess was more sup­port from agents and ven­dors.

“It’s im­por­tant the agents sup­port the sa­le­yards,” he said.

“And ven­dors need to un­der­stand that at Wan­garatta they have bet­ter pre­sen­ta­tion of their cat­tle, at least equal prices to other sa­le­yards plus the bonus of pre-sale weigh- ing of fat cat­tle.”

Mr Evans said the co­op­er­a­tive con­cept for the man­age­ment of the com­plex was “a rea­son­able way to go”, how­ever, he be­lieved for the mo­ment it should re­main un­der con­trol of the Wan­garatta coun­cil with a good man­age­ment com­mit­tee in place.

A BIG FAN: Moyhu beef pro­ducer David Evans pre­par­ing his cat­tle for the Blue Rib­bon sale ear­lier this year at Wan­garatta sa­le­yards and (left) back in 1908.

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