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MEDIA RELEASE - Casterton saleyards tops performance rating

27 November 2019

Casterton saleyards has maintained its title as one of the region’s premier selling centres after exceeding all categories of a national audit.

The historic selling centre blitzed the National Saleyard Quality Assurance Audit (NSQA) showing it excelled in all areas of operation, including quality, stock handling, security and occupational health and safety for the 2018-19 financial year.

Casterton Saleyards Committee chair Cr Karen Stephens applauded the results, which have followed the addition of new infrastructure to streamline the selling process over the past six months.

“These excellent results are testament to our hardworking staff at council and the dedicated selling agents who go above and beyond to make the Casterton saleyards a premier selling centre,” she said.

“The addition of contract scanning services, which was installed earlier this year, have simplified the selling process, saving time and creating efficiencies for all involved in the sale day operation.

“Selling numbers have been strong in recent time, with prices remaining steady, which provides further confidence for growth for this industry well into the future.”

A total of seven sales were held over the past financial year with 9130 head of cattle and 17,155 sheep sold grossing more than $9.8 million in total sales.

Sheep figures were up by more than 4500 compared to the 2017-18 financial year when 12,623 head were sold, and 8750 cattle totaling $10.4 million.

Revenue was down this financial year due to a lack of interstate and regional buyer interest largely attributed to widespread drought conditions.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said local agents Landmark and Elders were preparing for the busy summer selling season, which was dominated by weaner sales.

“People know when they buy from the Casterton saleyards they are securing some of the strongest bloodlines in the western district. These yards are nationally recognised for premier quality stock and competitive prices,” Cr Rank said.

“The benefits of these yards extend well beyond the selling gate. We know that on selling days CBD businesses become a hive of activity, with people grabbing supplies or stopping for a bite to eat. In small regional communities these sort of business activities are paramount, supporting local traders and maintaining local jobs.”

The remaining sales for the summer season include:

17 December 2019 - Landmark Weaner and Store Sale
30 December 2019 - Landmark Annual Sheep and Lamb Sale
7 January 2020 - Landmark/Elders Angus Steer Weaner Sale
8 January 2020 - Landmark/Elders Hereford Steer Weaner Sale
10 January 2020 - Landmark/Elders Heifer Weaner Sale

All sales start at 9am.

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