Fourteen people will make up Dubbo Regional Council's new Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets Technical Advisory Panel.
The decision to reinstate an advisory panel for the saleyards was made at the recent council meeting.
The membership will be comprised of mayor Ben Shields, two councillors, chief executive officer Michael McMahon, council's director culture and economy Natasha Comber, Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets manager Ross McCarthy, Dubbo Stock and Station Agents presents, as well as another nominee, one buyer representative, one carrier representative, two producer representatives, one management representative from Fletchers International and one representative from Local Land Services.
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As the name suggests, the panel will give advice to council and help inform decision-making.
One of the first roles of the advisory panel will be to look at the frequency of the store cattle sales.
As it currently stands, there are two combined store cattle sales held two or three times a month, as well as the regular prime cattle sales every Thursday.
However, council is considering holding fewer sales.
Dubbo councillor Kevin Parker said the data showed the numbers had significantly reduced across the last 15 years from about 90,000 cattle in 2005 to 20,000 in 2020.
Cr Parker said there was strong competition in the marketplace, including online sales, however Dubbo had a strong reputation.
Nominations for the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets Technical Advisory Panel will close on October 6.
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