Sails beating the heat at sales

Sails beating the heat at sales

Last Thursday was a very hot and humid day at the Troy Regional Livestock Selling Complex.

A number of agents and vendors commented on the welcome relief experienced when working and operating under the sail covering.

The bulk of the cattle yards are these days covered by the sails and the difference in temperature is really noticeable.

I for one was a touch sceptical when the sails were first announced by council but these additions to the entire area have proved a real winner.

The advantages for animal welfare must be enormous in both summer and winter conditions.

Congratulations to council on a great incentive and my next wish is that the necessary funds coupled with a desire to complete the small section not under cover is on the council radar.

Some months ago, the column touched on the relevance of saleyards and in particular the benefits of these smaller centres to the local economy if they hold regular market days.

The demise of smaller saleyards has seen towns and villages suffer a financial downturn.

Not quite so obvious is the decline in the social failure and well-being of the smaller places with regards to mental health.

An organisation, the Australian Livestock Market Association, has taken up the baton and unites all people with involvement in the industry to join in the conversation revolving around the theme "exploring the social value of saleyards".

The Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets are currently one of the main contributors and go-to venues.

Heather Ellis, 0427 639 848, is leading the investigation through their organisation, Blue Wrens Connection.

Recent widespread rain throughout western NSW and across much of Queensland saw the availability of goats for processing or restocking slow noticeably and, in some cases, become only a trickle.

The wet weather may have reduced the opportunities for goat harvesters to operate.

Slaughter figures to the end of January were down by 17%.

Dubbo at their last sale from all reports struggled to maintain their usual numbers in a market that was strong for goats on offer.