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Stanford stockyards set to open July 26

July 12, 2007|GEORGE LEWIS

Stanford's livestock market will open Thursday, July 26, one of its owners said.

Located on 20 acres on Cordier Lane on U.S. 150 east of Stanford, Blue Grass Stockyards is an economic boon to the county, said Arlen Sanders, economic development specialist and chairman of the Lincoln County Industrial Development Board.

"Each sale day will bring a significant amount of people to the community who will have a positive impact on virtually all businesses in the county," he said.

"It's probably one of the most modern facilities of its type in the country," said Lincoln County Agriculture Extension Agent Dan Grigson. "They're coming where the market's at. Lincoln and the surrounding counties are heavy producers of beef and dairy cattle."

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Highly automated, the new stockyards is configured in a way that will make movement of the animals much easier and therefore will reduce stress on livestock, Horn said.

The new stockyards will house The Stockyard Restaurant, which will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., Horn said.

Blue Grass Stockyards is the largest such company east of the Mississippi, said Eddie Horn, one of the owners of the stockyards.

The opening of the stockyards in Stanford means that the livestock market in Lancaster will close. The loss of that stockyards will turn downtown Lancaster "into a ghost town," one resident predicted in a published report.

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