The future of the Benalla Saleyards is uncertain following the unexpected closure of the Benalla Cattle Market.By Monique Freer
The future of the Benalla Saleyards is under a cloud after the sudden closure of Benalla Cattle Market.
Rodwells Benalla announced last week that the livestock agent was leaving the Benalla Saleyards, and had successfully applied to yard cattle at Wangaratta from this Thursday.
‘‘They (the buyers) weren’t giving us their support and without their support it’s very hard to run a sale,’’ Rodwells Benalla manager John Gregory said.
Landmark Benalla branch manager Campbell McIntosh said the decision to close the fortnightly cattle markets had been discussed for about six to eight months.
‘‘We’ve had dwindling numbers for probably the last 18 months and the result of dwindling numbers is generating a lack of competition within the buyers — and we got to a point where we couldn’t confidently say to the client that we were going to achieve them the best result for the sale of the livestock by selling at Benalla Saleyards,’’ Mr McIntosh said.
‘‘In some ways it’s probably been a bit sudden. I would have liked to have a last sale; for emotional reasons it would be nice.’’
Mr McIntosh said the sheep market would continue to operate at Benalla Saleyards.
‘‘It’s only an annual sale, the sheep market, and that will remain,’’ Mr McIntosh said.
‘‘The factors that have influenced the cattle market going are not the same factors influencing the sheep market.’’
For full story see this week’s Ensign.
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