Store sale delivers relief
THE Roma Saleyards were bustling with activity on Tuesday, as the council-led drought relief store sale was in full swing.
The store sale, which introduced a 50 per cent reduction on all live weight and open auction selling fees, delivered financial relief for many drought- stricken farmers looking to offload stock.
Roma Saleyards portfolio Councillor Peter Flynn said the store sale aimed to give graziers a helping hand, with many embattled farmers struggling with the drought gripping much of the state.
"The reasoning behind the sale was that we wanted the benefits to go back to the producers who are our supporters at the saleyards, which is why the councillors came up with this initiative,” Cr Flynn said.
"Hopefully it has worked. It certainly looks to have been successful.”
Cr Flynn said he was impressed with the quantity and quality of the 5860 head of cattle that passed through the gates on Tuesday.
"Maranoa Regional Council is very happy with the stock numbers today and the work of various groups at the Roma Saleyards in supporting the drought relief sale,” Cr Flynn said.
"I'm very surprised at the quality of the cattle given the extreme drought that we're in at the moment.”
Roma Saleyards contractors AAM Operations, helped support the store sale by reducing all scanning and movement of stock charges on the day.
Dan Muller, business transition manager at AAM said the organisation was "keen to be involved” in the Tuesday sale.
"It will directly go back to the producers, which is why these facilities operate in the first place,” Mr Muller said.
"The producers are the ones that support the Roma Saleyards year in year out, as well as support our business - so we're wanting to give a bit back.”