Fort Payne Stockyard Inc is owned and operated by Glean and Mary Plunkett. The Plunketts and Jack and Jo Stiefel had been part owners since May 1999. The Stiefels have recently retired from the stockyard business. Glean and Mary Plunkett had been part owners since August 1997 before becoming the sole owners in 2002. They have had more than twenty years experience in the stockyard business prior to that.
Fort Payne's first cattle auction sale, located in north Fort Payne on a former airport site, was started around 1949 by F H "Bud" Landstreet. Other owners have included Russell Davis, J O and Willard Wright, L D Lingerfelt and J W Pack.
The present stockyard, built by Mr Lingerfelt in 1974, is conveniently located at 302 Airport Road West, approximately 1/2 mile from the Interstate 59 and Alabama Highway 35 intersection. This is Exit 218 on the interstate.
Three barn additions expanding the overall capacity and additional loading docks have been added since 1974. Receipts exceeding 2000 head several time in recent years has created the need for another addition. A fourth expansion, increasing the capacity to approximately 3000 head, should be completed early in 2001.
Consistently ranking in the top five, Fort Payne Stockyard has become one of the largest markets in the state of Alabama. Higher prices, better service and our convenient location bring sellers from Georgia, Tennessee in addition to other counties in Alabama. Many drive more than a hundred miles. Our cattle quantity and quality attract strong and reliable order buyers, assuring superior prices.
Sales are held on Tuesdays starting at 11:30 AM Central Time. Weigh cows and heavy bulls are sold first. Goats, sheep, cow-calf pairs and bred cows sold by the head are next. After these, the calves, steers, etc are sold in the order they were received. The market is open to receive cattle Mondays from 7 AM until 8 PM (later if necessary) and Tuesdays from 7 AM until the sale ends.
Payne Stockyard Inc
302 Airport Road West
P O Box 681126
Fort Payne, Alabama 35968-1612
256 845 1028