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Livestock Set to Return at Skipton
23/08/07

Livestock will make a welcome return to the pens at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday (August 27), as the mart was given the go-ahead from midnight on Wednesday to resume trading as a collection centre and stage slaughter-only markets.

Skipton Auction Pens

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It’s good news for both the mart and the region’s agricultural community, who have been at a standstill as a result of the national ban on the movement of livestock following last month’s foot and mouth outbreak.

The next two Mondays will see slaughter-only markets for prime cattle and sheep taking place, while following the announcement of the official easing of restrictions on September 8, the aim is to run normal Monday cattle, sheep and calves sales after this date, along with other regular shows and sales.

In addition, dairy cattle auctions will also take place each Monday from September 10 as the mart bids to make up lost ground.

In the interim, the September 1 Agri-Trader Auction and show and sale of poultry and waterfowl will go ahead as planned, though the annual show of rare, minority and native breeds animals, which normally takes place on the same day, will be rearranged for a later date.

Special arrangements are also being put in place for Tuesday, September 11, the date for the annual show and sale of gimmer lambs on behalf of the North of England Mule Sheep Association. This will now be preceded by a show and sale of shearling sheep, so enabling prospective mule gimmer lamb purchasers to sell shearlings beforehand. Up to 9,000 sheep are expected to pass through Skipton that day.

Vendors of shearlings will have a second opportunity on Tuesday, September 18, to sell their stock at the scheduled annual show and sale of shearling gimmers

Before then on Wednesday, September 12, up to 1,000 cattle are due at the mart for the annual sale of store cattle, suckler breeding cattle and young bulls, to be followed on Thursday, September 13, by the rearranged annual sale of pedigree Beltex sheep on behalf of the Beltex Sheep Society, to be complemented by an additional store lambs sale.

This month’s postponed annual summer sale of working sheep dogs has now been rescheduled for Friday, August 31, and because it still can’t be staged at the mart because of continuing restrictions will now take place on the Trawden Show sheepdog trials field at Great Thorn Edge Farm, by kind permission of Skipton mart regular Ronnie Airey.

Late summer and autumn is a busy time at Skipton and other high profile shows and sales will proceed as planned, alongside regular markets.

Jeremy Eaton, general manager at Skipton Auction Mart, said: “The resumption of trading is good news all-round as there are a lot of farmers across the region who haven’t sold any livestock for over a month.

“The next hurdle we face is the outcome of the meeting to discuss the lifting of export restrictions on meat products from the UK to the EU – a decision is expected this Friday. A fundamental part of the success of slaughter-only markets depends on a positive outcome from this meeting.

“Should export restrictions remain in place, this will cause major problems as we deal with many customers who send the majority of their livestock for export.”

link F&M Outbreak Mars Annual Skipton Suffolks Highlight
link Beltex Sheep National Progeny Show 2007
link New breeder’s sparkling debut at Skipton Beltex show

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