A market tailored to hobby farmers and full of fresh fruit, vegetables and livestock auctions is on Sunday at Shepparton Regional Saleyards.By Alexandra Bolkas
A market tailored to hobby farmers and full of fresh fruit, vegetables and livestock auctions is on Sunday at Shepparton Regional Saleyards.
Market organiser Craig Cox said goats, sheep, cattle, poultry and six alpacas would be up for sale.
He said the livestock auction would be ideal for hobby farmers wanting to buy animals in small quantities.
‘‘We’re selling friendly livestock that owners don’t want to send to the butcher,’’ Mr Cox said.
He said most stock auctions only allowed for people to buy big quantities and this was a unique opportunity for small-scale farmers in the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘It’s an opportunity for people to get a good start on their hobby farm,’’ he said.
Mr Cox said the animals had been screened for temperament and breed.
He said the market was a plus for the region during a difficult period.
‘‘We’re the fruit bowl of Victoria and we’re going through a tough time, but we’re getting a lot of lifestyle farmers who want a small quantity of animals and there’s nothing that caters to that,’’ he said.
Vegetable grower Frank Rossignuolo said he would be selling fresh beetroot, rhubarb, broccoli and beans, among other produce.
Fruit and home-made preserves will also be sold.
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