Feilding Saleyards Guided Tours
Learn the fascinating history of selling livestock, one of New Zealand's oldest traditions, which dates back to 1880's.
Tours are every Friday at 11am, bookings must be made in advance through the Feilding and District Information Centre.
The first sale was conducted by Mr Jack Stevens and Colonel Gorton on 24th May 1880 in the Denbigh Hotel Saleyards. This was the same site as the saleyards now occupy. At the first sale 100 head of cattle were sold. Regular fortnightly sales followed and were later expanded to weekly sales with four firms involved.
In earlier times the Saleyards were considered to be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with 489 pens covering 3.7 hectares, selling 100,000 cattle and 600,000 sheep annually. Now the Feilding Saleyards remain of important significance to the Region. They still occupy 3.7 hectares and have 350 sheep pens, 140 cattle pens and 45 deer pens. These days around 50,000 cattle and 450,000 sheep are sold annually.
Store stock is sold at weekly sales on Fridays and prime stock on Mondays.
Tour Fee: $5 per person.