Push for upgrade of Guyra saleyards

20th Oct 2020

A $5 million to upgrade the Guyra and Armidale Livestock Selling Centres is being planned, with Armidale Regional Council developing a comprehensive plan to upgrade and modernise both complexes.
Under the pproposal the old timber sheep yards and loading races at the Guyra saleyards will be replaced with steel, and improvements would be made to internal and external roads to improve heavy-vehicle access. There are also plans to refurbish and expand the onsite amenities and kiosk facilities.
At Armidale, council wants to replace and extend the cattle holding yards, renew the cattle weighing scales, increase the amount of vehicle parking and refurbish amenities and offices. To meet environmental standards a system will be installed to harvest water from the large existing roof to be used in a truck wash down reuse program, with solar panels also to be installed to lower power costs on site.
This week Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall met with Acting Deputy Premier Paul Toole, to push the case for money to be made available as a matter of urgency through one of two stimulus funds.
“Our region is renowned for breeding the highest quality beef and lamb in northern NSW, which is why we need selling facilities locally that will attract buyers and generate prices which reflect that excellence,” Mr Marshall said.
“Both Armidale’s cattle saleyards and the Guyra sheep yards desperately require upgrading, to ensure agents can deliver best sale methods, meet industry expectations and ensure animal welfare standards.
Mr Marshall said improved yards would mean more stock presented for sale, increased buyer competition and higher prices for producers. He said that not only will these upgrades assist with increasing the number of stock which can be sold through the yards but they will also work to facilitate the shift towards online sales, on platforms like AuctionsPlus.
The total cost of the upgrade works at Armidale and Guyra Livestock Selling Centres is $4,998,000, which Mr Marshall is hoping will be entirely covered by the government.

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