Sa­le­yards for the fu­ture

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - Cr David Grim­ble

The +or­sham 5egional /ive­stock Ex­change is the fourth largest sheep and lamb mar­ket in the state and along with the live­stock in­dus­try is a strong eco­nomic driver for the re­gion. Numbers have been fan­tas­tic for this time of the year with last month the sec­ond best -uly on record. 3rices for stock are con­stantly break­ing records with Tual­ity stock con­signed to the fa­cil­ity. 0ost re­cently a pen of lambs sold to a top of per head which is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for the ven­dor and a boost for con fi­dence in the live­stock in­dus­try in­clud­ing our sa­le­yards as a vi­able sell­ing op­tion. ,f farm­ers in the :im­mera are mak­ing money it has such a pos­i­tive im­pact on retail, busi­ness and in­dus­try con­fi­dence in the re­gion. Sa­le­yards op­er­ate in com­plex eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and reg­u­la­tory ar­range­ments. Our fa­cil­ity cur­rently is self fund­ing and cov­ers its own costs with­out cre­at­ing a li­a­bil­ity to the broader com­mu­nity. To meet the chal­lenges fac­ing all sa­le­yards across the coun try, in­clud­ing other mar­ket­ing op­tions, we need to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture, adopt best prac­tise tech­nol­ogy and main­tain our rep­u­ta­tion as a high Tual­ity mod­ern mar­ket­ing choice for farm­ers to sell their stock. The sa­le­yard sell­ing sys­tem has al­ways been the true mar­ket in­di­ca­tor of stock. Coun­cil, along with the Board of 0an­age­ment, is plan­ning for our fa­cil­ity to be to­tally un­der­cover in line with in­dus­try ex­pecta tion, a bench­mark stan­dard. This sig­nif­i­cant up­grade will de­liver enor­mous ben­e­fits such as im­proved an­i­mal wel­fare and pre­sen­ta­tion of stock, bet­ter occu pa­tional health and safety and hu­man wel­fare, re­duced clean­ing costs, the abil­ity to har­vest wa­ter for re use and im­proved light­ing. For the sa­le­yards to re­main vi­able it is cru­cial to main­tain sig nif­i­cant through­put, con­sis­tently achieve fair mar­ket price while con­tin­u­ing to be Coun­cil owned and oper­ated. Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to ad­vo­cate for fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and is pre­par­ing sup­port­ing ma­te­rial in readi­ness for a fu­ture grant ap­pli­ca­tion.

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