Meeting to explain sale options in the wake of stockyard fire
Local beef cattle producers are being invited to attend an informational meeting at the Woodford County Extension Service office on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. The meeting will give local farmers an opportunity to ask questions about where they can sell their cattle following a fire that destroyed the Blue Grass Stockyards last week. “We’ve had so many questions and concerns,” said Internet sales manager Jeremy Shryock, “that’s why we’re having this meeting.” Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group owns six other stockyards in Kentucky. Its livestock barns in Mount Sterling, Stanford and Richmond will conduct upcoming sales on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of the Blue Grass Stockyards, which Shryock described as “our hub.” Upcoming sales will be conducted by Lexington management and staff so farmers will get the same level of service as they’ve come to expect, he added. For additional information, contact Shryock at (859) 967-6479 or stockyard manager David Holt at (502) 680-0797. Before last week’s fire, the Blue Grass Stockyards was the largest livestock barn east of the Mississippi River. “That’s what people don’t realize … we have cattle coming from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia – right through Lexington, Kentucky, to our facilities on a weekly basis,” said Shryock. “It’s a huge economic impact,” he added. The Blue Grass Stockyards, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, has set a standard for market prices nationwide, according to Shryock. He said Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group handles around 400,000 head of cattle for farmers annually at its seven sale barns. The location of a new stockyards facility in Central Kentucky has not yet been determined, according to Shryock. He said a new stockyards facility could be built at the same location in Lexington. However, he said a more suitable location away from traffic and downtown Lexington may be more desirable. A decade ago, Midway Station (property located north of downtown Midway near the I-64) was discussed as a possible new home for the Blue Grass Stockyards. However, a plan to relocate operations to that site was opposed by people in the community and that move never happened.