David Chard, of Elders Moy and Darby, watches cattle being unloaded in the saleyards for the annual stock sale.
David Chard, of Elders Moy and Darby, watches cattle being unloaded in the saleyards for the annual stock sale.

Auctioneers look at good old days

By Leigh Pritchard

Elders Moy and Darby will wind back the clock today at their 40th annual store cattle sale.

Elders branch manager John Pankhurst said people who attended some of the first annual sales, as well as former staff at Moy and Darby, would be there.

The 2000 head of cattle will be sold from 10.30am.

Mr Pankhurst said apart from the excellent response from repeat vendors, he had received strong indication of buyer attendance.

"When sales started 40 years ago, it was the main place for people on the land to sell store cattle," he said.

"People came from all over Eastern Australia to purchase livestock."

He said sales had grown from about four sales annually 40 years ago to the present with two sales a month.

To mark the anniversary, farming identities from across Australia will attend the sale to listen to speeches and reunite with old friends.

Mr Pankhurst said founder of Moy and Darby, Mick Moy, would sell the first yard of cattle with former Elders staff Kevin Mulligan and Rex Thompson.



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