North Burnett cattle saleyards faced with decision
A DECISION by a one of the central region's leading cattle saleyards has forced two North Burnett businesses to hold their ground.
Monto and Eidsvold have traditionally held their saleyards on Wednesdays for over 40 years, with Monto running in the morning, and Eidsvold in the afternoon. Both generate between 300-700 sales each.
But the nerve of the two is set to be tested, after The Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) in Gracemere confirmed it would be changing its sale day from Fridays to Wednesdays.
Gracemere can have anywhere between 2000-3000 cattle sales in their weekly markets.
CQLX operations manager Gavin Tickle has said their agents wanted the day change, and the group supported this motion.
"We're heavily involved in the saleyard industry, and it's not as if we don't care about other saleyards," Mr Tickle said.
"At the end of the day we have to do what's best for our clients and customers, and hopefully we can come up with an outcome that works for everyone."
Monto Cattle and Country Livestock agent Brad McInally was disappointed by the change, but has made the decision to stay on Wednesday.
"It suits most of the buyers down this way, and for us to change, we would lose them," Mr McInally said.
"All the buyers I've talked to in the southern end will stick with us, and they'll just have buyers head up to the other sale too."
Mr McInally cited there were other sales that overlap on their day, and they would inevitably lose them if they were to move from Wednesday.
"If you change your day and lose two buyers, your whole market will change," he said.
"That's business, and that's (Gracemere's) decision, and if it doesn't work out for them they're just going to have to grin and bear it."
Eidsvold Livestock and Property owner Rob Bygrave agreed, adding their saleyard wouldn't be big enough to stand alone on another day.
"Buyers come to the sales on the same day, and a lot of them wouldn't come for the smaller sales at all," Mr Bygrave said.
"We both agreed whatever decision we'd make, it'd have to be made together."
The next sale for Monto and Eidsvold will be held on Wednesday, January 15.