Time for reflection at last Midland sale

28 Apr, 2010 12:03 PM
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There was a good crowd on hand to see the last ever livestock sale at the Midland saleyards.
There was a good crowd on hand to see the last ever livestock sale at the Midland saleyards.

"THERE'S a lot to look forward to and a lot to look back on."

This statement from Midland Saleyard Relocation Committee chairman Malcolm Seymour summed up the feeling at the last sale to be ever held in the Midland saleyards.

Click on the image above to view a gallery of photos taken on the day.

The last sale took place Tuesday, and provided a bittersweet end to the Midland saleyard's 100-year sale history.

As of next Monday the weekly trade sales will be held in the new Muchea Livestock Selling Centre.

A good crowd turned out for the breakfast beforehand, and stuck around to see the final cattle and sheep sales in the yards.

For buyers and sellers of cattle, sheep and pigs, Midland holds many memories of the satisfaction, frustration and the competition that characterises agriculture.

The beers that were had among friends, colleagues and competitors at the end of the sale day are treasured memories for many.

A lot of senior figures in the agriculture industry "did their time" at the saleyards and worked their way up to the positions they hold today.

Mr Seymour was pleased to be at the saleyards on the final day of sales and to close a page on WA's agricultural history.

"It certainly was a historic day, given the background and the amount of livestock which has been put through these saleyards," he said.

"There's a lot of memories and a lot of experiences, like the wet days that people have put up with which they won't have to worry about at Muchea."

Mr Seymour said he would be relieved to see the long-awaited arrival of WA's premier new selling venue.

"We've had quite a few orientation days to make sure everybody is familiar with the way that Muchea will operate," he said.

While it is sad to see the back of Midland, times have changed, and the Muchea saleyards will usher in a new age of livestock exchange.

The blokes who have arthritis from how things were done in the old days will appreciate how the new saleyards have been built, with very high occupational health and safety levels in mind.

Animal welfare and environmental integrity standards have also been a priority for the WA Meat Industry Authority and will be on show for everyone to see on Monday, May 3, at the long-awaited first sale.

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Harry
1/05/2010 2:47:01 AM, on Farm Weekly

Yeah right, and who in the state government with jurisdiction of the State Animal Welfare Legislation will be there to ensure everyone complies with animal welfare laws? This government at the behest of the industry has all but destroyed the State Animal Welfare Unit - who are the LEAD agency for livestock. How convenient!

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