THE Boyup Brook sheep saleyards has seen its fair share of hard times over the years, but with strong local support, regular sales have continued.
The Boyup Brook yards was renown for hosting one of the state¹s premier ewe sales and trade lamb yardings.
But the collapse of the sheep industry in the 1980s led to the reduction of sheep numbers in the area, decimating trade, store and breeder sales.
Although breeders¹ sales may never reach the heights of the past, confidence is slowly being restored in the district and numbers are steadily on the increase with Boyup Brook still yarding some of the state¹s best sucker and grain fed lambs.
Landmark Boyup Brook representative Dean Allen and Elders Boyup Brook representative John Luscombe agreed that continuing the Boyup Brook sheep sales is important for the community and the industry.
³Producers running small amounts of sheep in cattle country around Bunbury, Donnybrook and Manjimup don¹t have an outlet to sell their sheep other than the long distance to Katanning,² Dean said.
³With rising stock numbers competition in the saleyard is increased providing better values for the producer offering them a viable marketing alternative.
³It is important for the future of the sale that local and extended support is maintained.²
John Luscombe said Boyup Brook is still an ideal venue to market trade sheep with continued strong support.
³Ninety to ninety five per cent of the vendors are local from Boyup Brook and Bridgetown districts attracting strong support from the trade that usually represent large companies,² he said.
³Ewes sales maybe a thing of the past, but it is still a top venue for sucker and grain fed lambs and mutton ewes.
³Times have moved on to selling ewes through private treaty with the latest trend selling ewes to the wheatbelt areas as part of their restocking programs.
³The major positive is that Boyup Brook is still attracting outstanding sucker lambs in the spring and summer and grainfed lambs after Christmas.²