The article 'City pays to truck cattle' in the Geelong Advertiser (5 April 2017) unfortunately provides readers with incorrect information.
The City is not subsidising travel costs for the region’s cattle producers.
Rather, the City has installed temporary pens at the Geelong Saleyards to hold livestock while the cattleyards remain closed due to OH&S issues.
It is the responsibility of cattle producers, through an agent, to arrange and fund the transport of their livestock from our holding pens to Ballarat for sale.
The City’s cattle holding option is only available from midday to 3pm each Sunday prior to the fortnightly Monday sheep sales at Geelong.
Producers can also deliver sheep at this time for overnight holding, ready for Monday’s sale.
The fortnightly delivery of livestock to the Geelong Saleyards, and the collection of cattle for transport around 3:00pm, is supervised by a City staff member.