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Posted on: 6 February, 2017

Opening of New Sheep and Calf Yards at the Cooma Livestock Selling Centre

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The public are invited to attend the opening of the new sheep/calf yards at the Cooma Livestock Selling Centre, on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 9.45am.

The opening of the new sheep/calf yards at the Cooma Livestock Selling Centre will be officially opened by Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch, on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 9.45am. Followed by the fortnightly sheep sale which commences at 10.00am. The public are invited to attend this opening and view the new yards being used.

“The new steel yards have replaced the old exclusively sheep yards that have been a part of the facility for over 40 years. It also represents Council’s biggest investment in the saleyards since the construction of the steel and concrete sheep yards 24 years ago”, explained Mr Lynch.

On the initiation of the Cooma Saleyards Committee it was decided that the replacement of the old sheep yards should be with yards capable of handling calves as well. This was to cater for the increasingly successful Monaro autumn calf sales. After applying for grant funding several times and not being successful it was finally decided that Council should go alone and fund this $650,000 project. The project includes;
• Removal of the existing sheep yards.
• Improvements to the drainage from the cattle yards.
• Earthworks to level the site.
• Construction of the new steel sheep/calf yards.
• Installation of new water troughs.
• Installation of new lighting.

“Council envisions that the outcome from these improvements increase the capacity, efficiency and improved animal health conditions for sheep and calf sales. This will provide economic and social benefits for the whole region from the ACT to the Victorian border and continue to ensure that Cooma remains the regional centre for agribusiness on the Monaro and Snowy Mountains. These benefits extend beyond traditional agribusiness into other businesses throughout the region”, continued Mr Lynch.

The numbers being sold at the sheep and calf sales held at the Cooma Livestock Selling Centre have increased over the last several years. The Cooma Associated Agents have achieved these increases largely through changes to sale days and the Monaro’s reputation for the quality of sheep and calves. They predict they can continue to grow these sales with the right infrastructure in place.

For further information please contact Snowy Monaro Regional Council on 1300 345 345.

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