Floydada sale barn rebuilding after fire

Reported by: Rebecca Rivers
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Updated: 7/15/2013 10:09 am
Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for the past 40 years the Floydada Livestock Auction has run without a hitch. 

But just last week due to an unfortunate fire, they're left without a barn. But the sale will go on. 

"Me and my dad bought this in 1973," Don McCandless said.  "I've been here 40 years and we've had a sale every Wednesday ever since. And you know, we've had quite a fire but we are planning on building back." 

Monday July 8 a hot water heater inside the offices ignited starting the blaze. And although McCandless is a little sentimental about the tragedy, the most important thing is that there were no injuries. 

"A lot of memories in that old barn," McCandless said. "It was actually built in 1960 by a couple of gentlemen from the Lockney and Floydada area and they had a little horse sale, hog sale, and cattle sale." 

"That's the most important thing, no one was hurt," McCandless said. "The livestock that was on the yards were way in the back of the yards. They weren't even close. The horses were half a mile from here. My wife who's the secretary had just gone to the post office, and no one was hurt, thank goodness." 

The Floydada sale is one of the most reputable in the region,  taking cattle from as far as New Mexico, Childress, and Lamesa. McCandless said they are working hard as we speak to get their livestock scales recallibrated and a temporary set up in place for buyers and sellers. 

"Hopefully in two weeks we'll definitely be ready to go," McCandless said. "We've got a portable stage coming, and everybody's been so helpful, everybody's that come by says I've got this or I've got that, I'll come and help." 

Despite the tragedy, McCandless feels very fortunate to have the help of the community and livestock industry producers. 

He said not the Texas drought nor a destructive fire can keep them from doing what they know and love. 

"The loyalty of our customers over the years has been very good," McCandless said. "The drought has decreased cattle numbers in the state of Texas drastically, as everybody knows. There's been a lot of sales and livestock auctions that have had to close. We're very fortunate, our customers are very loyal. We have maintained a large customer base. We're gonna come back and be bigger and better than ever. And we, you know, look forward to serving our customers again. That's what we're all about." 
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