HIGHLY respected livestock buyer Brian Wellings from Walcha called it a day at the end of the Tamworth prime sheep and lamb sale on Monday.
Mr Wellings chose "his favourite sale" to clock off after a 26-year career buying for Fletcher International.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed working in this industry," he said.
"Fletcher International is a family run organisation and have done a wonderful job for our industry and have been a wonderful organisation to work for.
"The producers in this area also do a great job and produce some really good livestock."
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During Monday's sale he received numerous accolades from agents, vendors and fellow buyers.
Andrew Jackson from Thomas Foods said his relationship with Mr Wellings was "like a marriage - sometimes on, sometimes off", before adding that Roger Fletcher was lucky to have such an honest and capable buyer.
Purtle Plevey agent Patrick Purtle , who offered thanks on behalf of the agents, said that most people would understand how well-regarded Mr Wellings was "in a difficult position to occupy".
In an entertaining end to his career, Mr Wellings sold a pen of sheep on behalf of Nutrien Livestock.
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