Graduation for Harper Adams University Livestock Market Operations and Management Course

20th January 2016

On the 11th January 2016, the 11 of the 41 enrolled students of the Livestock Market Operations and Management course at Harper Adams University will celebrate their graduation ceremony.

Sponsored by the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA), the course has run since 2011, attracting more students every year. The University will be awarding the Harper Adams University Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Studies, Livestock Market Operations and Management, as well as fellowships of the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (the IAAS).

Topics covered on the course include: animal welfare and health in the livestock market, market operational management, law and tax for the livestock auctioneer, valuations and supply chain relationships and preparing students for a career in the livestock auctioneering and handling industries.

Mark Simcock, Associate Head of Department for Land Management at Harper Adams University, who runs the course comments:

"The course has been incredibly popular with students already working in livestock marketing businesses. It has gone a long way to fulfil a gap for professional recognition in the industry and improve standards of auctioneering across the UK. The sponsorship from the LAA has meant that we can provide the best of facilities and education for everyone on the course."

Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the LAA comments:

"At the LAA it is always our aim to provide the highest in welfare standards for livestock at auction marts. By educating potential auctioneers with training in welfare, droving and operational management, we can continue to improve the efficiency and standards of auction marts across the UK. We are pleased to welcome these graduates into the LAA and the IAAS and look forward to supporting them in their careers."

More information on the course can be found at: