FEDERATION Council is putting forward a compelling case to the NSW Government for funding to further upgrade the Corowa saleyards complex.
The numbers have been crunched for 2018-19 and they reflect positively for the biggest sheep and lamb selling centre between Wagga and Bendigo.
Throughput last financial year topped the 795,000 mark for a total value of more than $115 million with producers from as far away as Omeo in the East Gippsland high country to Ivanhoe in the central Darling area of NSW selling sheep and lambs at Corowa.
To a degree, Corowa has cashed in on Yarrawonga and Wangaratta no longer being sheep selling centres, but the saleyards owners, Federation Council, being rewarded for the foresight and determination of the former Corowa Shire to keep improving the facilities even though some funding battles were lost along the way.
Corowa has experienced consistent market growth in the last two decades despite the agricultural sector being hit with significant droughts.
Markets are held each Monday with a recent feature sale attracting 11,000 sheep and lambs.
Last year Corowa sat fifth behind Wagga, Forbes, Dubbo and Yass for throughput, but is expected to rise in the pecking order when saleyard numbers for 2018-19 are crunched and released early next year.
Another milestone for the saleyards came in June when they recorded an Australian record with a pen belonging to the Mickan family from Walla selling for $350 a head before the mark was subsequently bettered by $4 at Wagga in the same week.
A total of $500,000 worth of improvements will be made at the yards this financial year from council coffers, but an even bigger prize is in council's sights from the state government's Growing Local Economies Fund.
Roofing, solar panels and improved effluent management could also be bankrolled if the application is successful.
In the case of the Corowa saleyards the numbers don't lie.