Forbes is an important stock selling centre. Its Central West Livestock Exchange is one of the world's most state of the art saleyards and Australia’s largest under cover cattle selling centres.
Forbes Shire Council secured a major award for Engineering excellence, for the construction of the Central West livestock Exchange.
The judges citation stated “Construction of the new Central West Livestock Exchange at Forbes has raised the bar significantly on the standard of stock selling centres, with its focus on animal welfare, environmental compliance, OH&S and functional design.”
The international market expects management of livestock biosecurity, processes to manage an emergency disease outbreak and measures to prevent it occurring in the first place.
The Forbes saleyard’s biosecurity measures were developed during the planning and construction process and not as an afterthought and show significant foresight creating saleyards that meet the biosecurity needs of both domestic and international markets.
A ‘clean and green’ image shows in the areas of technology, waste management, animal welfare and transport.
Unlike most modern saleyards, which have concrete floors, the new Forbes facility has floors made of compacted sawdust, rice hulls and sand. The soft stand floor will mean that if we see foot problems in an animal, it won't be associated with standing on a concrete floor. Sore feet - an early sign of foot-and-mouth disease, one of the most feared of the emergency diseases with the potential to enter Australia.
The integrated National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) software provides the technology to trace livestock movements forwards and backwards and Animal Health Australia was impressed with the waste disposal plan and truck wash areas.
Cattle every Monday (excluding public holidyas)
Prime Lamb & Sheep - every Tuesday
Store Cattle - monthly (see www.forbeslx.com.au for sale dates)
Forbes NSW is one of 18 regions in the HIGHWAY WEST, family of NSW Town websites.
The Central West Livestock Exchanged opened in 2006 when the brand new $10.4 Million cattle auction facility was completed.
The $15 Million sheep auction facility was opened in late 2010 and the $1.2 million pig auction facility completed the project in
The Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange is a state of the art facility and proven choice for buying and selling premium quality cattle, sheep, lambs and pigs. Located just 12kms from the centre of Forbes and ideally positioned just off the Newell Highway it is the perfect choice for buyers and sellers from far and wide. The Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange is Australia's newest and most advanced auction facility offering buyers and sellers a modern, safe and fully maintained facility that is second to none.
Since opening in 2006, the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange has developed a reputation amongst both buyers and sellers for the strong competitive market it offers as well as the friendly atmosphere, excellent service and the facility’s commitment to the safe handling and comfort of the livestock.The facility offers buyers and sellers a modern, safe and fully maintained facility which is
Truck driver amenities
Ample truck and car parking
Separate cattle, sheep and pig selling facilities
6 bay high pressure truck wash
Automated drafting system
Raised buyer walkways
Water in all cattle pens, with water & feeding facilities available in holding yards for special livestock sales
Stud sale facilities on site including wash bay, with the option of ring or pen selling