FREDERICKTOWN — United Producers Inc. has begun operations on its new livestock sale facility south of Fredericktown on the east side of Ohio 13.
Manager Rick Reynolds said Wednesday was the official first day of operation, but they started getting some animals on Saturday. They have moved everything out of the old facility on Columbus Road.
Unlike the company’s old facility on Columbus Road, the new location will not be the site of livestock auctions. Instead, it will be engaging in contract sales and transfers of livestock, mostly sheep and goats, but some cattle and pigs as well.
Most of the animals are sold to commercial processors, but “if someone wants to come in and buy a hog, we’ll sell them a hog,” Reynolds said.
Animals will come in and go out most days, but he said most of the large truckloads will come in on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
The barn has been remodeled so animals that are delivered are directed to the scales, where they are weighed and sorted, then moved into holding pens until they are sold.
“We moved all the gates from the old facility and set up the pens here,” Reynolds said as he walked through the barn. All-new electrical wiring had to be installed in the barn, as well as the plumbing from the well to the barn. The parking lot was graded and graveled and a shed constructed for mulch and composting.
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