Temporary holding pens have been installed in the existing cattle yards at the Geelong Saleyards.
Temporary holding pens have been installed in the existing cattle yards at the Geelong Saleyards.

Support in place for small-lot cattle producers

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The City has installed metal holding pens at the Geelong Saleyards to act as a cattle transport hub, providing support for small-lot producers in the region.

Following a temporary closure of the Geelong Saleyards last year due to Occupational Health and Safety issues, the City’s Administrators resolved to defer any works on facility’s cattle yards until:

  • an independent, expert local stock market analysis is prepared

  • a full costing of cattle yards work is developed, based on a recently completed independent OH&S audit report

  • a regional agribusiness strategy is completed.

The heavy-duty holding pens were installed within the existing cattle yards, and will act as a temporary measure to support small-lot cattle producers until a final decision is made on the future of the facility.

Producers can drop-off cattle at the holding pens from midday to 3:00pm on the Sunday prior to each fortnightly Monday sheep sales at the Geelong Saleyards. A truck will then transport the cattle to Ballarat’s saleyards.

The holding pen arrangement was developed following input from local buyers, sellers and agents. The new Geelong Saleyards Advisory Committee supported the arrangement, which will be reviewed and revised based on demand.

The next sheep sale at the Geelong Saleyards will be held on Monday 3 April 2017.

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William Tieppo - Director City Services 

"All stock must be booked through an agent before being dropped off to ensure we have enough space on the transport.
Cattle won’t be accepted for the holding pens unless they’re booked in with an agent.
The first Geelong Saleyards Advisory Committee meeting was held last week.
Six of the eight committee members attended and contributed to a productive discussion on topics such as the agribusiness strategy, the local market analysis and general operations at the saleyards.
The next committee meeting will be held on 10 April. 
Agents set the date for each sale and have advised us that there will be no sale over the Easter long weekend.
Cattle will not be accepted for holding and transport to Ballarat on Easter Sunday.
Cattle holding facilities will reopen on Sunday 30 April 2017, and sheep sales will resume on Monday, 1 May 2017."