Dubbo and Wagga dominate NSW

19 October 2017


In 2016-17, cattle saleyard throughput in NSW totalled 1.6 million head – the highest of any state recorded in MLA’s 2016-17 saleyard survey.

 Similarly to previous years, Dubbo saleyard recorded the highest throughput in the state, with 199,431 head yarded over the financial year. Wagga and CTLX Carcoar saleyards were again ranked second and third in volume, with numbers reaching 168,725 head and 129,006 head, respectively.

NRLX Casino lifted one position to rank fourth, with 119,572 head consigned, while TRLX Tamworth dropped a position to rank fifth, totalling 114,895 head.

 The remainder of the top ten saleyards, in terms of volume, were as follows;

  • Gunnedah – sixth – 91,448 head, holding firm on the previous financial year
  • SELX Yass – seventh – 66,062 head, ranking in the top ten despite only being in operation from August 2016
  • IRLX Inverell – eighth – 60,078 head, lifted one position from 2015-16
  • CWLX Forbes – ninth – 59,911 head, dropped two positions from the previous year
  • Scone – tenth – 59,119 head, maintaining its 2015-16 rank

 To view the full cattle saleyard survey results, please click here.


The number of sheep consigned in NSW in 2016-17 was 8.4 million head. Similar to cattle, NSW was the highest of any state. Wagga maintained its position as the largest selling centre for sheep in both the state and the country, reporting a throughput of 1.7 million head.

Second and third positions switched from the 2015-16 financial year, with Dubbo saleyard taking second position, consigning 1.4 million cattle in 2016-17 and CWLX Forbes ranking third, yarding 1.4 million head. Despite only opening in August 2016, numbers at SELX Yass saleyard were the fourth largest in the state, with 693,594 head yarded for the duration of the year. Previously ranking fourth, Corowa placed fifth in 2016-17, with 616,971 head consigned.

The remainder of the top ten are as follows;

  • Griffith – sixth – 515,165 head, not recorded in previous years
  • CTLX Carcoar – seventh – 485,841 head, down from 5th position after the inclusion of SELX Yass and Griffith sale yards
  • Cowra – eighth – 339,021 head, down from 6th position
  • Tamworth – ninth – 211,767 head, remaining firm in 9th position
  • Guyra – tenth – 177, 301 head, ranking down from 8th position in the previous financial year

To view the full sheep saleyard survey results, please click here.

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