Business as usual after saleyards row
IT WAS business as usual at the Casino saleyards last week, with the first sale back after a two-week hiatus due to a dispute over agents’ fees for the use of the exchange.
The offering was “about what you’d expect for this time of year”, one agent said – about 830 head – and like other recent markets, a little easier.
But neither the Casino Auctioneers’ Association nor Richmond Valley Council had been happy with the deal and the some antagonism remains.
Association president Matthew McCormack said the council could have stepped in every time we had a meeting with them and offered the compromise.
“We shouldn’t have had no-sale days,” he said.
The agents were happy for council to run the NRLX as a business, he said, but if they wanted to charge at current rates, it had to be run “as a proper business”.