Billings Livestock horse sale for Memorial Day weekend cancelled due to EHV-1
After much fact finding, consideration, and discussion with other horse industry professionals regarding the recent outbreak of EHV-1, Billings Livestock (BLS) managers felt it was in the best interest of the horse industry – the horses themselves and the people who own them – to postpone the May 28-29 sale event.
Jann Parker, BLS horse sale manager, stated that the action taken may be overcautious, but with horses coming from 17 states and Canada to the event, they felt it was a responsibility to do the right thing and to do their part in limiting the movement and transport of horses.
Four hundred fifty-two (452) catalog horses were consigned to the Memorial Day weekend sale event May 28-29, with more than 250 individual consignors and average of 400 buyers attending the monthly catalog sales.
Due to the outbreak and possible buyer hesitancy, the May sale will be combined with the June event, expanding it to three days: June 24-26.
Sale managers made note of the economic impact to Montana, Yellowstone, County and the city of Billings – as over 250 consignors and an average of 400 buyers attend the monthly catalog horse sales.
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