Cattle wait in the rain at the Lismore Saleyard.
Cattle wait in the rain at the Lismore Saleyard. Bryony Jackson

Auctioneer rejects RSPCA call to close saleyards

LISMORE livestock auctioneer Glenn Weir has rejected RSPCA claims that cattle should not be sold at saleyards because it was too stressful for the animals.

"All the people working at saleyards in Lismore, they're all cattle people and they know how to handle cattle in a way that is humane," said Mr Weir, the director of Ian Weir & Son.

If anyone's cruel to animals around the saleyards they won't be working their much longer.

The RSPCA has released new guidelines that it says the Australian beef cattle industry should meet if it is satisfy the increasing animal welfare expectations of consumers.

They include phasing out of saleyards claiming animals are loaded and unloaded too often causing them a lot of stress.

Instead, the RSPCA says cattle should be sold directly to abattoirs.

The Australian Livestock Markets Association has also rejected the RSPCA claim.

Meanwhile, the store cattle sale conducted by Ian Weir & Son Pty Ltd last Saturday attracted a crowd of over 200 local farmers.

Prices for most lines exceeded expectations with 180 cows and calves sold to a top of $1020 and averaging $665. One hundred and seventy steers averaged $375. Small young heifers sold to $300.

Fifteen-month-old heifers were probably the best buying, ranging in price from $280 to $400.

Lines of good quality calved and springing heifers sold from $600 to $1000.



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