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Sumter Livestock Barn Closes

Livestock farmers are upset that a landmark market shut down in Sumter County. (Source: WALB) Livestock farmers are upset that a landmark market shut down in Sumter County. (Source: WALB)
Livestock Farmer Rolland Satterfield (Source: WALB) Livestock Farmer Rolland Satterfield (Source: WALB)
Satterfield and other livestock farmers will have to haul their cattle to another market. (Source: WALB) Satterfield and other livestock farmers will have to haul their cattle to another market. (Source: WALB)
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

Livestock farmers are upset that a landmark market shut down in Sumter County.

Those farmers worry about increased costs that will come with traveling to another market.

Farmer Rolland Satterfield has been in the livestock business since 1963.

"I was very disappointed that it closed, it's been in business for probably 70 years," said Satterfield.

He's talking about Sumter Livestock which opened in 1938. A place once filled with cattle.

Now those iconic barn doors are locked behind gates.

After struggling to break-even, it's now closed for good.

"Things just won't be the same, we've had a sale every Thursday for most of those years," said Satterfield.

Nestled in a community that appears to be farmer's alley for agricultural businesses.

Satterfield said the black angus herd bull in his field is the most expensive.

But now Satterfield and other livestock farmers will have to haul their cattle to another market.

The closest one is one hour away in Hawkinsville.

Satterfield explained he would have to keep a close eye on my tire which cost about 150 dollars a piece because they won't make it.

And the many trips up and down the roads will cause wear and tear on his truck.

To Satterfield, this place was much more than a market.

"A lot of farmers maybe didn't have livestock or weren't even planning on buying and selling would meet over there every Thursday and fellowship," said Satterfield.

But that meeting is place is now gone for good.

"You don't really miss anything until you don't have it anymore," said Satterfield.

The Livestock Authority requested a cash injection from the Sumter County Commission which appoints board members to the authority.

County officials said they asked for a business plan, but never received one, so that did not authorize any funding.

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