January 31, 2016
Lexington, KY – The fire yesterday at Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington destroyed a large piece of Kentucky cattle industry history and we are saddened to hear that it was a total loss. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) is proud to represent over 38,000 beef producers in the state and will do anything necessary to help Blue Grass Stockyards and our producers in the coming days, weeks and months.
“We consider the owners and staff at Blue Grass Stockyards friends,” stated Dave Maples, KCA Executive Vice President, “Because of that we are very grateful that no one was hurt in the fire.”
Farmers work hard every single day of the year to take great care of their livestock, so it saddens us all to know that 20 head of cattle perished in the fire. However, we are also grateful that it didn’t happen on another day when the market could hold hundreds or thousands of cattle, as well as many of our producers.
Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington is a big piece of cattle history in Kentucky and provides a huge economic benefit to our producers and local economy. Over 100,000 head were sold in 2015 at an economic value of over $120 million. The facility was celebrating 70 years and is well known in the area.
“I think everyone is shocked right now, but I know that our industry will pull together to help the crew at Blue Grass Stockyards in anything they need moving forward,” stated KCA President David Lemaster
While the owners and managers aren’t sure what will happen to that facility going forward, we hope that they can rebuild. In the meantime, Central Kentucky has several other facilities that remain open and can provide producers a way to market their cattle. Blue Grass Stockyards has already provided options to producers that were planning to sell in Lexington this week. They will sell at Mt. Sterling on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Stanford on Monday and Thursday. Cattle will be received on Sunday in both locations.
KCA will continue to keep you updated as things develop. Be sure to visit our website at www.kycattle.org or follow us on Facebook for up-to-date news.
The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River and home to over 1.1 million beef cows. KCA is a grassroots organization with 99 chapters in 120 counties and works to protect, advance and be a strong voice for the state’s 38,000 cattle producers