Bill Hallas prepares for final Gatton sale yard auction
GATES will remain latched and stalls empty after auctioneer Bill Hallas slams his hammer for the final time at the Gatton Sale yards.
The auction on Monday will be Mr Hallas’ final time at the Gatton Saleyards with nearly four decades at the helm.
According to Mr Hallas, it’s likely no other agent has operated from the yards as long as he has.
“It’s not the first time someone has left the saleyards,” he said.
But it’s the first time someone who has sold calves and pigs every fortnight for the past 371/2years has moved on.
Mr Hallas’ first encounter with the saleyards was in 1961 when he was in Grade 7 –his family sold two calves on that day.
Then 18 years later, he started as an auctioneer at that same saleyard.
But unfortunately, the numbers are “just not there any more” to make the Gatton sales viable.
“About 12 months ago when the market was nothing there was a point when nobody wanted the cattle,” Mr Hallas said.
“When it turned around people had to sell the cattle because there was no water.
“The dollar value that is left in it is not worth it.”
While Mr Hallas is stepping away from his role at the saleyards, he won’t let go of his cattle, or auctioneering.
“I’ll always have cattle till the day I can’t,” he said.
“I have treasured being an auctioneer and having my licence ... that’s the hardest part.”
Although Mr Hallas won’t be bellowing at the saleyards, he’ll still be available to help locals with their livestock.
“I’ll still be able to help people, I just won’t be able to sell their stock,” he said.
The final sale commences at 11am on Monday, July 11.