Contributing an annual turnover of $330 million to the local economy, the Central West Livestock Exchange is a crucial asset for the Shire of Forbes and Council are asking residents to help ensure its continuation as a major business through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our community is very fortunate to have this asset that will help us to work our way out of drought, and can continue to be a good earner for the Shire even through coronavirus restrictions,” says Forbes Shire General Manager, Steve Loane.
“We are very proud of our connection to agriculture and the livestock industry. It is central to our core values and how we see ourselves as a community.”
“Safety at the site is absolutely key for the CWLE to continue to operate through the current crisis. Buyers are actively demonstrating their commitment to protect the industry; you would have seen the Fletchers buyers always wearing a mask. As a business they have asked all staff to wear them as part of their COVID safe plan,” said Steve.
The Council is asking people to recon- sider attending the Livestock Exchange if they are unwell, to strongly consider wear- ing a mask, and to follow the instructions of staff on site.
“The staff of the CWLE work hard to maintain and smoothly operate this great facility. We are all working hard to ensure that the yards continue to operate and contribute economically to the shire.”
“The Livestock industry has taken some hits over the last few years and we need to not let this impact our ongoing success. This season is a corker and we have to make sure that we can capitalise on this,” Steve said.
“COVID is an evolving situation and we are implementing or removing safety measures as necessary. Please continue to work with us on this, we know it can be frustrating to have the rules constantly changing but we are acting on advice from the State and Federal Governments and NSW Health as it comes to hand.”
“We appreciate your cooperation up to this point with the completion of attendance forms before you present onsite and we will try to make any further COVID safety measures as simple as possible.”
Last Friday the Central West Livestock Exchange played host to the Moogenilla Angus Bull Sale with great results. A total of 46 bulls were up for auction with a 100% clearance rate. Prices were healthy also with the top sale knocked down to $18,000 to the Consolidated Pastoral Company.