It?s an industry meat and greet
CLARENCE councillor Fred Morgan estimates the beef industry is worth a minimum of $30million a year in incomes and economic flow-ons to the Valley.
And you could add another $10million to that figure when producers have a bumper year, according to the Fineflower grazier.
Yesterday, leading stock and station agents recognised their Vendors of the Year, drawing three names from an Akubra brimming with Daily Examiner Vendors of the Week winners from the pages of Friday's Rural digest section.
The winners were Norm Gosling, of South Grafton (Ray Donovan Award); Christine Lee, of Ulmarra (Peter McCrohon Award) and Leo Carlton, also of Ulmarra (Moy & Darby Elders Award).
After a hearty breakfast cooked on the barbecue by CVC business manager Peter Wilson, about 1000 head of cattle were auctioned at the Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre, South Grafton.
Cr Morgan said the council had foregone a dividend from its saleyards operations and was developing a plan of management, including a proposed staged major upgrade of the facility over the next five years.
He also presented an award to Examiner editor Peter Ellem in appreciation of the paper's support of the Vendor of the Week promotion.