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Graziers look to Yea as an alternative weeks out from Pakenham's closure

Hugh Middleton, 85, Trafalgar, and John Clements, 82, Cremona Park, Caldermeade, sold almost 400 cattle between themselves at Yea on Friday. Picture by Bryce Eishold
Hugh Middleton, 85, Trafalgar, and John Clements, 82, Cremona Park, Caldermeade, sold almost 400 cattle between themselves at Yea on Friday. Picture by Bryce Eishold

4 June 2024


A prominent Victorian saleyard has plans to capitalise on the imminent closure of the Victorian Livestock Exchange at Pakenham, with plans afoot to yard more than 40,000 cattle in 2024-25.


The council-owned Yea Saleyards sold cattle from as far away Deniliquin, NSW, Caldermeade, Pomborneit, Trafalgar and Caldermeade at Friday's 4000-head feature autumn sale, with many of those vendors navigating yards in closer proximity.


In one case, cattle were trucked from Dargo to Yea, an almost six-hour journey.


Elders Yea livestock manager Jamie Quinlan said about 2000 cattle at Friday's feature sale would have previously gone under the hammer at Pakenham.



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