Plans to rebuild, Stockyards will stay in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Blue Grass Stockyards plans to rebuild in Fayette County.
Mayor Jim Gray made the announcement along with leaders in the agriculture community Friday morning saying the company “is to cattle what Keeneland is to thoroughbreds.”
The new location will be on Ironworks Pike, adjacent of the I-75 interchange. It is designed for easy access for farmers, according to stockyard leaders.
A fire back on January 30 destroyed the facility and damaged several nearby businesses.
The Lexington Fire Department says the started on accident by sparks from a construction worker’s saw. But now the focus is on the future.
“Lexington has been our home for 70 years,” said Jim Akers, Chief Operating Officer of the stockyards. “It’s part of our culture; our roots are here.”
Last year, more than 100,000 animals were sold at the Lexington market plus another 50,000 online out of the offices in Lexington, according to the stockyards. It says farmers were paid $200 million for that livestock.
Efforts in years past to relocate, including to this Ironworks Pike location, were tough and ultimately unsuccessful. Neighbors had concerns about noise, smell, traffic and pollution that prevented the move.