CHANGES are afoot for Lismore saleyards from November 1, with one of only two selling agents moving to Casino.
Licensed stock and station agents Bishop & Co have decided to move their business to the Casino saleyards, leaving Ian Weir & Son as the only agent for the 106-year-old Lismore Saleyards.
"We felt there was more value for our customers selling in Casino," Bishop & Co partner Ronald Chittick said.
"We will still be working out of Lismore and providing all normal services but the marketing side has now shifted to Casino."
Mr Chittick said he had received good feedback from his customers despite the extra distance for some to transport their stock to Casino.
"People come from the Tweed and Grafton to sell their cattle at Casino, so I don't think it's a problem," he said.
Ian Weir & Son director, Glenn Weir said the move by Bishop & Co did not mark the death knell for Lismore Saleyards. "Lismore Saleyards have been the selling centre for the district farmer for over 100 years," he said. We sell in both Lismore and Casino and as an agent, getting the best price for our vendors takes priority."
Mr Weir said they would continue selling at Lismore as long as cattle prices were competitive with other saleyards.
"Some weeks Lismore beats Casino and some weeks Casino tops Lismore, but over a year there is little difference," he said. "Buyer support (for Lismore) is good and meat operators like to have cattle to process on Wednesdays, so the Tuesday 'fat' sales suit them." Mr Weir said they felt obligated to keep Lismore yards running for the sake of employees, the producers and the community.