ALMOST 40,000 head of cattle went through the Wangaratta Livestock Exchange in 2015, reaping a total sales figure of $36,396,617.67.
The figure of 37,853 head was down on the previous year’s total of 41,571 – largely due to the $3.8 million redevelopment – but higher beef prices saw the total sales figures worth almost $7 million more than in 2014.
“It has been a challenging year with the redevelopment but very worthwhile,” Andrea Nankervis, Wangaratta Livestock Exchange manager, told the Wangaratta Chronicle, ahead of the saleyard’s first sale for 2016 on Thursday.
“Our numbers were down due to that construction work, which primarily affected private weighs, so you could probably add another 5000 or 6000 to that (total throughput) figure on a normal year.
“The finished product once construction is completed will put us right up there with the best of any saleyards facility in Australia.
“And we’re still pre-sale weighing.”
Ms Nankervis said it had been a real team effort at the saleyards during the construction period, which is due to be completed by the end of this month, and she praised saleyards staff, the agents and Browns of Wangaratta for their efforts.