Dorrigo Saleyard

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The Dorrigo Saleyard is owned and operated by the Bellingen Shire Council. The saleyard holds regular cattle auctions with operations carried out by licensed stock and station agents from Ray White Rural and Elders Dorrigo. The saleyard is located 1km from the Dorrigo CBD, with easy access to Waterfall Way (B78).

The facilities provide a clean, safe and stress-free environment for your livestock. All yards are fully troughed, with optional sheltered, and soft flooring pens available. The saleyards are MSA Licensed, with loading ramps, night lighting, pedestrian walkways, and B-double truck wash facilities. The saleyards use a ring selling system for stock, creating the opportunity for pre-sale viewing and weighing before auction. The saleyards have holding paddocks available for after-sale use, before stock is transported. 

On auction days the facility is open to the public with undercover seating, canteen and toilet facilities available.

Sale Information

All parties wishing to sell stock at auction must pre-register with one of the below sale yard agent prior to auction day. All cattle being sold require a  National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms.

Keep up to date with upcoming Annual Special Sales, Autumn Sale and more via your local saleyard agents website or facebook page.

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Ray White Rural Dorrigo 

40 Hickory Street, Dorrigo  NSW  2453

Saleyard Agent - Tim Bayliss

M. 0439 009 414

Ph. (02) 6657 1777 

E. dorrigo.nsw@raywhite.com

W. Ray White Rural Dorrigo Bellingen

 

Elders Limited Dorrigo

15 Cudgery Street, Dorrigo   NSW  2453

Saleyard Agent - John Carey 

M. 0428 286 017

Ph. (02) 6692 5000

E. dorrigo.admin@elders.com.au

W. Elders Real Estate Dorrigo | Your Local Real Estate Experts 

History

The Dorrigo Saleyards facility began operations on Bielsdown Street with sales then conducted on Saturday afternoons.

In 1956 Bellingen Shire Council constructed the current saleyards at 69 Tyringham Road. The original construction consisted of timber logs and posts which were supplied by Mr Bill Brereton of Bostobrick, cut by Mr D. Stewarts Sawmill, and erected by Mr Walter Pitman. The cost of the yard’s construction was $5,000.00 which was then leased to Dalgety & Co Ltd to repay the loan over a 10 year period.

In 1966 Allan Turner was recruited from a local Dorrigo business and was to become a vital part of the Dorrigo operation, adaptable to all areas of the business. The fees in 1966 were .10c per head for cattle, and .05c per head for pigs and calves.

In 1967 pan toilets were installed at the Saleyards.

In 1968 J.A McMenn was appointed Saleyard Manager at $6 per week. A fuel stove for catering was bought from the Dorrigo Hospital for $15.

In 1977 the Dorrigo Saleyards Management Committee was set up with committee members being William Darley, Peter Gordon, John Collins, Bruce Anderson and Cr Joan Summerhays.

By 1983 the Management Committee members had changed to Nigel Adams, Alan Turner, Brian Darby, Cecil Parker, Jim Kell, and Cr Lionel Schouppe. It was decided at this time that the timber yards were beyond repairing, and the plan became to rebuild the yards with steel and concrete as sale numbers had increased to 4200 head per annum. Live scales and a weighbridge was purchased from Cabonne Shire and installed at the Dorrigo Saleyards. A grant of $2,000.00 was made available to assist with repair works and upgrades on the yard.

By 1984 32 steel calf pens were built undercover with calves being previously sold at the Dorrigo showground.

In 1995 a truck wash bay was installed as well as a mouthing crush and head bale.

In 1999 the saleyard committee had plans drawn up for an acoustic barrier wall to be built around northern end of the saleyards to reduce noise created by cattle to the nearby neighbours.

By 2000 all the holding yards were completed with steel pipe rails and concrete. Allan Ulrick worked with Bellingen Council to draft plans for new yards and loading race to the southern side of the existing yard. These upgrade works were built largely by committee members (Cliff Marriot, Robert Keogh, Steven Frewen and Allan Ulrick).  The total cost for the upgrade works was $65,000

By 2002 construction of the controversial acoustic wall was completed.

Following these works there has been ongoing improvement and continual maintenance to the saleyards from the dedicated committee members such as replacing pipe rails to cattle rails, introduction of splitting yards, roofing the headlock crush and scales, upgrading the canteen, installation of rubber matting and installing an overhead pipeline to the truck wash facilities.  

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Mick Moy (L) and Brian Darby (R)

The below link is to an article about the history of Saleyards in the Mid North Coast area.

A contribution to the cattle industry | The Macleay Argus | Kempsey, NSW

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1962 Bull Sale, Ebor 

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Brian and Laurie Darby, Dorrigo Saleyards

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Mick Moy (L) and Brian Darby (R)

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Calf Sale Dorrigo, 2003

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Sale Box Dorrigo , 2003

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Dorrigo Sale Yards

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Acoustic Barrier Wall constructed in 2002

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Location

69 Tyringham Road, Dorrigo NSW 2453  View Map

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