FIGURES released by the Grant District Council for the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards’ 2018/19 financial year show a significant drop in stock numbers through the facility in comparison to the past five years.
The data shows total stock sold at the Glenburnie facility reached 202,117, including more than 80,000 cattle, 109,000 lambs and 12,000 sheep.
Although this shows an increase of about 15,000 cattle, there was a significant 25,000 animal drop in lamb, bringing the total stock number down by around 8000 from 210,987 in the previous financial year.
Numbers through the saleyards have declined dramatically in the past five years, with stock numbers as high as 296,127 in the 2013/14 financial year.
January saw the most cattle through the facility with 12,158 while sheep and lamb were more frequently seen in December with almost 34,000 animals sold.
This was an increase of around 2000 cattle in January from the last financial year, but sheep and lamb dropped by around 4000.