Saleyards are here to stay
By PETER CATON
MURWILLUMBAH stock auctioneer Charlie Kaehler has quashed rumours that the town's saleyards are about to close.
Instead he says the fortnightly sales are going from strength to strength - and with the introduction of new computerised scanning technology as part of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) next week will ensure the yards operate for many years to come.
Some local graziers have been concerned at suggestions major buyers wanted to stop coming to Murwillumbah and instead force farmers to take stock to sales at Casino.
Mr Kaehler however said there "was always someone", probably in Casino, trying to put down Murwillumbah.
"There may be a couple of people out there with a grudge against Murwillumbah, but you don't take any notice of them," he said.
"We are going ahead stronger than ever. Murwillumbah's saleyards will be here a long time."
Mr Kaehler said the yards would be one of the first in the country to start scanning new identification tags which must be attached to cattle going to saleyards from Friday.
The scanners would be in operation at the next scheduled sale at the yards on Monday.
He said the scheduling of the sales on Mondays also often meant Murwillumbah achieved better prices for cattle than sales elsewhere on the Northern Rivers.
"Murwillumbah prices are better. We are the first. They go down after our sales," he said.
Tweed Lismore Rural Lands Protection Board animal health ranger Tony Heffernan yesterday joined Mr Kaehler in warning cattle producers all stock must carry the newly-introduced plastic ear tags before they leave the owner's property from Friday.
Stock going to a saleyard or abattoir must also have a tail tag attached before leaving the property.