The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

About Livestock Auctioneers' Association

The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Ltd is the national organisation representing auctioneering firms that occupy and run the livestock auction markets of England and Wales.

Its members handle the vast majority of all auction sales of farm livestock and, in addition, most member firms conduct non livestock sales, such as agricultural, farm, contractor's plant and machinery, vehicles, horticultural goods, furniture and fine arts, land and property.

LAA member firms are also recognised for the wide range of rural professional practice work that they conduct, which often includes valuations, rent reviews, planning, compensation and environmental work. Many livestock market sites host associated business premises, which may, for example, include animal feed merchants, pharmaceutical merchants, machinery dealerships, veterinary practices and many others. With one, or two, markets hosting a barber's shop and even a health centre.

The Association is supported by representatives of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) and by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The Association is a member of the European Association of Livestock Markets (EALM) for Europe, which is based in Brussels near to the EU Commission offices.

The Livestock Auctioneers' Association aims to:

  • To take all possible steps to develop the system of selling livestock through auction markets, and to enhance the throughput and turnover of markets.
  • To encourage all markets to be efficient in the conduct of their business. To operate the highest standards of animal welfare.
  • To ensure the specialist representation of livestock auctioneers in negotiations and discussions with government, public authorities, national and international representatives and trade organisations.
  • To further the interests of and to raise the profile of auction markets as a method of sale of livestock.
  • To keep Member firms fully acquainted with legislative and trade developments which are likely to affect the environment in which livestock auction markets operate.
  • To encourage all livestock auctioneers to adhere to the approved Codes of Practice of the Association and to observe all recommendations of the Council of the Association.