Livestock exchange is on track

SALE Livestock Exchange’s $3.3 million refurbishment works are on schedule.

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said it was good to see the new selling shed taking shape, with works tracking on time and on budget.

“Council has continued to meet with the stakeholder group to monitor the progress of the works, which includes representatives from the Victorian Livestock Exchange, the local farming community, stock agents and saleyards staff,” she said.

The redeveloped Sale Livestock Exchange includes a soft floored selling area and roofing to cover the new pens.

The demolition and removal of the old selling pen infrastructure is now complete and the new steel has started arriving which Cr Crossley said was a huge milestone for the project.

“While all this is taking place, it’s been business as usual,” she said.

“Great co-operation from the farming community, livestock agents and livestock transporters have helped us to manage the works with as little impact on day-to-day operations as possible,” she said.

“In fact, sales at the livestock exchange demonstrate that the site continues to remain successfully open for business; I’m told there were over 1150 cattle at a recent sale.”

Victorian Livestock Exchange chief executive Wayne Osborne said recent sales had exceeded expectations.

“During our planning for the project, we’d said that our absolute maximum capacity whilst the redevelopment happened would be no more 1000 head of cattle for any one market,” he said.

“To have put through the other week 15 per cent more than that is a real demonstration of the determination, commitment and cooperation between stakeholders to make this project a success.”

The refurbishment is expected to be completed early next year.