The Calhoun Stockyard History

 

Message from Gene Williams, President

As cattlemen in Northwest Georgia, we saw the need for a local cattle auction in 1995. Our goal was to provide a modern facility where local cattlemen could get a premium price for their cattle. It was our desire to operate the business in a professional manner. We strive to ensure fair and equal treatment to all of our customers.

To begin with in 1986, we leased a barn in Rome, GA for our weekly cattle auction. We remained at that location for 8 1/2 years. As our business and reputation grew, we saw the need to expand. Our dream was to build the most modern marketing facility in the state of Georgia. We desired to build a facility that would serve the needs of the cattle industry and draw customers from the tri-state area. We decided to locate the facility near I-75 to provide convenient access to everyone.

 

In the Beginning

After consolidating our innovative ideas, we constructed  a 24,000 square foot facility in 1995.  Due to the demands of the area market, we added 12,000 square feet in 1997 and 18,000 square feet in 2000 for a total of 54,000 square feet.  In addition to the 54,000 square feet of holding pens, we also added an additional 20 acres of grass holding lots adjacent to the facility.  Our holding pens are made of iron pipes and WW panels.  The barn is built with a high ceiling, so that air can easily flow through the facility to aid in the cooling of the livestock in the humid climate.  Fans are installed to facilitate in the cooling process.  All livestock have free access to clean hay and water.

 

Our Philosophy

We believe in and follow the highest standards for conducting business. We also consider animal health and well-being vitally important to the cattle industry. We have continually emphasized the importance of health programs for livestock. We encourage our patrons to maintain a health program so they can remain competitive in the industry. As a business, we follow all state and federal regulations. USDA officials are on-site for the weekly auction to ensure that all regulations are followed appropriately.

 

Our Goal

We want Calhoun Stockyard to be a nice, personable business that you will want to come back to again and again. We work for the benefits of our customers and for the livestock industry. We have added certain innovations that make Calhoun Stockyard unique and set it apart from other livestock facilities.

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