Forbes Shire Council has received $85,000 for shading at the Central West Livestock Exchange (CWLE) sheep yards from the NSW Government Local Drought Stimulus Program. The much-needed sails have recently been installed.
“This installation is all part of the plan for the extension of the CWLE, with a further $3.4 million spent on expanding the yards to include a multi-species yards undercover early this year,” says Forbes Shire Council General Manager, Steve Loane. “This area was in need of shade given the extreme heat we experience here on sale days during summer.”
“Animal welfare is always front of mind for Council and the shade makes a considerable difference to not only the animals but the people on the ground as well. The shade sails will ensure stock is kept in a stable condition, ensuring they are fit for transport and fit for consumption,” said Steve.
Forbes Shire Council are the current holders of the ALMA Animal Welfare Award which they received in 2019, for their commitment to best practice in animal welfare at the Central West Livestock Exchange.
“The sails amongst all the other improvements taken place at the CWLE, are simply amazing,” says Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller. “With over 1.4 million sheep traded annually at this site, we needed to make sure animal and human safety was a key driver. We are very grateful to the State Government for the grant funding to enable us to do this incredible work. These farmers are the backbone of our community, we need to look after them.”
The CWLE is a state of the art facility which was purpose-built for the selling of quality cattle, sheep and pigs. The facility was built in 2005 and is a key economic driver for the Forbes Shire.