WNC Communities as announced Southeast Livestock Exchange has scheduled the first livestock sale at the WNC Regional Livestock Center at 474 Stock Drive in Canton for Monday, March 21, at noon with future sales to be conducted on Mondays thereafter. Cattle can be received at the WNC Regional Livestock Center on Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7 a.m.
It is important to note all livestock traffic should use the industrial entrance to the new livestock market which is Freedom Drive to Beaverdam Road. The following are specific directions traveling from the east or west.
I-40 West, take Exit 33 the Newfound Road Exit, at the off-ramp continue straight on Freedom Drive. At stop sign at bottom of hill make a left on Beaverdam. Stock Drive is on the right. I-40 East, take Exit 33 the Newfound Road Exit, at the off-ramp make a left driving over the interstate. Take the first left on Freedom Drive. At stop sign at bottom of hill make a left on Beaverdam. Stock Drive is on the right.
“The WNC Regional Livestock Center is a grass roots vision of area producers and family farmers that has come to fruition,” states L. T. Ward, vice president of WNC Communities. “WNC Communities has been proud to facilitate the process and work with the many dedicated leaders committed to making this happen.”
The WNC Regional Livestock Center will serve as a an economic development program for the livestock industry with three areas of focus; a long-term, viable market to sell livestock to replace the market that closed in 2004, a quality improvement program to improve the quality of the herd, and give area producers access to buyers who are willing to pay top dollar for quality beef. The access to buyers will come through the relationship with Southeast Livestock Exchange, the entity selected to operate the market.
The WNC Regional Livestock Center has been made possible through the generous support of over $3 million dollars in funding from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, Golden LEAF Foundation, NC Rural Center, Appalachian Regional Commission, NC Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, International Paper, along with critical local contributions from counties, businesses and producers.
For more information contact the WNC Regional Livestock Center at 828-646-3700.