Skipton Auction Mart is to stage a slaughter-only sale of prime
beef and lambs on Monday (Sept 24) following the easing of foot
and mouth restrictions in parts of the country.
While all non-slaughter stock shows and sales remain suspended,
Defra is currently allowing animals to move through collection
centres, red markets and direct from farm to slaughter.
Auction mart general manager Jeremy Eaton explained: “We
have adopted the slaughter-only route as it allows some of the
backlog of stock to be moved for hard-pressed farmers.
“However, this situation remains far from ideal as the
continuing ban on carcass exports will cause very depressed prices.”
Mr Eaton stressed that limited numbers of entries in each class
would be accepted for Monday’s sale, with a requirement
that all stock must be pre-entered by contacting the mart on
01756 792375 or staff on their mobiles over the weekend.
He added: “Regarding future arrangements, we have no option
but to take things a day at a time at the moment, though we will
do our best to reschedule shows and sales once we are in a position
to do so.
“In the interim, we are urging farmers to continue to make
their entries for future sales, as any further cancellations
will be confirmed nearer the time of each fixture.
“We are also compiling a register of all prime, store and
breeding sheep, including breeding rams, and are making provision
to enable farm-to-farm transfer of these animals if the easing
of restrictions allows this type of movement instead of gatherings
“We are still appealing to farmers to contact us with details
of any stock to sell and enquiries for purchasing.”
Latest developments will be posted on the Skipton Auction Mart
website at www.ccmauctions.com
All shops and businesses at the auction mart site are opening
as normal, with the café operating between 8.30 and 2.30pm
Monday to Friday.
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