Rebuilding the Blue Grass Stockyards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Construction has started on the new Blue Grass Stockyards facility after its original Lexington location caught fire.

Jim Akers, Stockyards Chief Operating Officer, said, “The entire Blue Grass family is excited that the day has finally come that we can begin our recovery and start down the path of getting this important and historic business operational.”

Stockyard leaders joined members from community leadership for a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday.

“Today will be marked as a historic date in the history books for Kentucky agriculture,” said Dave Maples, Executive Director of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. “It will be marked as a day that a group of businessmen and a community worked together to put a plan in place to not only replace the old market, but to build the foundation for a new vibrant industry.”

Last year, approximately 106,000 animals were sold at the Lexington market, plus another 50,000 sold on-line, according to the stockyards. It says farmers were paid approximately $200 million for that livestock.

The Stockyards was previously located off Forbes Road, near Leestown. The fire department says the January fire started on accident by sparks from a construction worker’s saw. The facility was destroyed and several nearby businesses were damaged.

Stockyard leaders expect the new location to be open mid-August 2017.

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