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Forbes Regional Produce
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The Forbes Shire is agriculturally based and one of the richest primary producing areas in New South Wales.
The rural economy is based around the major saleyards complex - Central West Livestock Exchange, an abattoir, feed lots, beef and hay exports, wool, wheat, grain seed crops, oil seed crops, fruit and vegetables.
A leader in the growth of ceral crops such as wheat, barley, oats, canola and many others.
The Central West Livestock Exchange has record numbers of stock and record prices at the sales.
Forbes is one of the largest sheep and lamb selling centres in NSW.
An important industry in the Forbes area with over a dozen established dairies. Situated in the Forbes Shire is the largest undercover dairy facility (milking 2000) in Australia.
A number of orchards are in the area producing various fruits with much of it going to Sydney and overseas markets.
There are a number of vineyards in the Forbes area and the annual NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show is held in August.
The rural economy was traditionally dominated by wheat and wool but irrigation has enabled diversification into feed lots and fodder production, dairy farming, oil seed crops, apples and stone fruits, vegetables, wine, olives and citrus.
Forbes is home to the largest covered feedlot dairy in the Southern Hemisphere. The Moxey farm situated mid-way between Forbes and Cowra in NSW is a seven-day-a-week, 52-week-a-year 9000 acre enterprise.
Historically, Forbes importance as a rural centre grew because of its position on the main overland stock route between Victoria and Queensland. Location is still critically important. Forbes is centrally located to multiple feed sources - being well-placed on the Newell Highway, having good underground water as well as a supply from the Wyangala Dam.
A new multi-million dollar honey factory has relocated from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to Forbes. Superbee will source honey from across the eastern states and process about 1,500 tonnes of honey a year.
The town is also an important stock selling centre. Its new Central West Livestock Exchange is one of Australia’s largest under cover cattle selling centres.