SHOWING OFF: Councillor Peter Flynn checks out the Roma saleyards ahead of this week's Australian Livestock Markets Association National Conference.
SHOWING OFF: Councillor Peter Flynn checks out the Roma saleyards ahead of this week's Australian Livestock Markets Association National Conference. Ellen Ransley

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AFTER turning over more than a third of a billion dollars last year, the Roma saleyards will this week play host to delegates from across Australia.

The annual Australian Livestock Markets Association national conference kicks off today,with 80 delegates from the organisation's 130 saleyards represented during three days at Roma Explorers Inn.

Portfolio chair for saleyards, Maranoa councillor Peter Flynn, said it would be the first time Roma played host to this important conference, with it also being a great opportunity to show off the multimillion-dollar development.

"Last year our saleyards turned over $350 million, off 320,000 head of cattle,” he said.

"This conference will cover a lot of topics - all things cattle and sheep.

"One of the major issues affecting NSW saleyards is the national heavy vehicle regulations.

"We'll also be taking a look at the market reporting as far as the price of cattle goes and the particular relationship we have with Meat and Livestock Australia.”

Cr Flynn said the escalating tick situation would also feature on the itinerary, as would the issue of drought and animal activists.

"It will be an opportunity for everyone to share what's going on in their region,” he said.

"The drought is obviously having an impact on the industry.

"We're probably notas bad off here as theyare in Northern NSW, where things are pretty dire.”

As part of the conference, delegates would visit a localproperty and enjoy atour of the largest saleyards in the southern hemisphere.

"It will be a good boost for the town to have some extra people around and for us to show off our facilities.”


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