Bill Tatt: talk of Dubbo Council to raise charges at saleyards

Stock news: Bill Tatt disucsses a wide range of issues in this week's column including the latest rain event and the livestock sales. Photo: File
Stock news: Bill Tatt disucsses a wide range of issues in this week's column including the latest rain event and the livestock sales. Photo: File

Week Ending 10/05/19

With the latest rain event missing many parts of the Central West and the first major run of frosts rapidly approaching, graziers who support the Dubbo Regional Selling Centre with their cattle have had a rush of intent with agents drawing for 5960 head for the sale on Thursday, May 9.

With the two most recent cattle outings having modest draws in the vicinity of 4000 head these numbers surprised most people.

The fact that most markets early in the week held their ground or even improved slightly probably helped producers in their decision-making process.

Whilst the writer is not sure of the actual figures involved there is some chatter that the Dubbo Regional Council who own the Troy Stock Markets are contemplating raising some of the charges involved in selling at the Regional Centre.

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We appreciate that cost pressure is always on the rise and that in the eyes of many there is never the justification for price increases of this nature.

Having said that, the Council must remain viable and the council must do what the council has to do.

In the defence of the primary producer who eventually ends up paying the bulk of fee increases (if any) irrespective of who they are sheeted home to being either vendor or agents.

Graziers for the most part have been and, in many cases, still are in drought, regarded by some as the one in 100 years scenario.

Secondly, centres such as Dubbo face continuous and on-going threats from on-line auctions, direct to works or feedlots sales and paddock transactions.

We continue to see the demise of selling centres who did not move with the times, get their fee structure wrong or their business plan for the centre was not acceptable to the users of the facility.

Council in their deliberations should look long and hard at any proposed fee changes as we as one of the major selling centres in Australia should not give our clients any reasons to think of changing their selling options.

The column appreciates that it is early days for a function set down for Saturday, September 7, but the ladies in the DSSA office at the saleyards have asked that the column places this date out their for the general public.

The girls plan a charity spring ball with catering and music on this date.

The charity receiving this support will be Macquarie home stay stage 11 which is hospital accommodation for patients/families.

Please make a note in your diaries.

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