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Sumter Livestock Barn reopens

A landmark livestock auction barn is back in business in Americus. (Source: WALB) A landmark livestock auction barn is back in business in Americus. (Source: WALB)
Sumter Livestock Barn Manager Bobby Goodin (Source: WALB) Sumter Livestock Barn Manager Bobby Goodin (Source: WALB)
The Livestock Authority used cash reserves to reopen the barn. (Source: WALB) The Livestock Authority used cash reserves to reopen the barn. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A landmark livestock auction barn is back in business in Americus.

The decision to close the Sumter Livestock Barn was not an easy one, but the look on the manager's face when he told me there would be a sale this week was priceless.

The Livestock Authority used cash reserves to reopen the barn.

The authority closed it after falling cattle prices made it difficult to break-even.

Cattle that sold for $1,200-$1,300 a year ago, now go for $500-$600.

But manager Bobby Goodin said it was best for the producers to reopen.

"It was a great feeling we had a lot of interest from the farmers all wanting to know why we closed and very upset that we had closed and it's a great feeling that we were able to reopen," said Goodin.

Goodin will talk to Sumter County leaders about having the county lease the barn. He'll also look into getting grants to help keep it open.

For the time being, there will be an auction every Thursday at 1 P-M.

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