Saleyards on the east Australian meat map

RECOGNISING COOTAMUNDRA: Saleyards manager Jeff White, agent Steve Tolmie and livestock reporter Graeme Richard at the Cootamundra Saleyards on Wednesday. Picture: Rebecca FistTHERE was an honoured guest amongthe buyers, sellers andthousandsof sheep and lambs atthe Cootamundra Saleyardson Wednesday.

Saleyardsmanager Jeff White welcomedMeat and Livestock Australia’s livestock reporter Graeme Richard through the gatesfor his first of many regular visits.

Mr Richard’s job involvesreporting on and assessing the animals. He puts a weight, a skin value on the sheep and lambs, records the priceand who they get sold to. Thisgoes into a database which is set upgivean indication of the level of prices on the eastern seaboard.

Mr White is hoping this will providestatewide exposure for the local saleyard.

“With statewide coverage hopefully people around here will pickup on it and won’t send their sheep to other centres,” he said.

He said that local farmers whoselltheir stock atWagga may reconsider.

“They now havethe opportunity to compare prices and they will see that we’re at least on par with Wagga.”

The Cootamundra Saleyards have been performing well.

“The yards in Cootamundra have moved into the top ten selling centres in NSW,” Mr Richards said.

The ranking is based on the sheer volume of sheep and lambs that pass through the saleyards each fortnight.

It’s onwards and upwards for Mr White who wants to capitalise on recent market statistics.

“We’re getting more recognition, we’ve certainly got a good field of buyers coming in and we’ve got to make the most of it.”

MLA will be looking to promote its report via rural programming on theABC and through rural and regional newspapers owned byFairfax Media.

“That’s what the farmers are looking for, the market reports are very important to them,” Mr White said.

“We’re hoping it might increase the input of sheep we get through the yards.”

Localsheep and lamb reportCootamundra Associated agents yarded 4886 lambs andsheep at its fortnightly sale on Wednesday.

This was a decrease of over 4000 due to extremely good rainfall throughout the district.

Top price pen of the day went to Keith andAllan Pether of Stockinbingal, with a pen of XB lambs with a CW of 28 KG and carrying a $6.00 pelt. They were sold to Australian Lamb Company for $ 156.00 coming back at $5.35 / KG CW.

For the official National Livestock Reporting Service report please see The Southern Weekly insert in today’s paper.

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