A monthly poultry auction which raises funds for the Huntly-Epsom community may be forced to close down unless an alternative site can be found.
Huntly-Epsom Lions Club has been running the sale at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange for over two decades.
New rules for accreditation at the saleyards have made it no longer viable for the sale to be held there.
“We don’t have enough members,” club president Geoff Lawry said this week.
“We just can’t operate there any more, it’s the way the saleyard is run and while we’d like to move, we haven’t been able to find anywhere yet.”
The sale sells up to 2000 birds each month, netting on average around $1500 for the Lions Club to distribute as community grants .
Mr Lawry said the preferred option is the Bendigo Showgrounds, as most similar auctions around the state are held on those sites.
“They won’t have us on a monthly basis,” Mr Lawry said.
“They didn’t give a reason.
“We have suggested the storage pavilion, the original cattle pavilion, but we’re open to negotiation.”
Mr Lawrie said next month’s auction will be the last one held at the saleyards.
“Everyone who goes to the chook auctions wants to keep it going, because otherwise they won’t know what to do with their excess stock,” he said.
“Next month we’ll have to let people known what’s happening.”