New appointment at Livestock Auctioneers Association
7th October 2016
Lord Inglewood, Cumbrian farmer landowner and businessman, has been appointed as the first patron of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA). An elected hereditary peer, Lord Inglewood is an active politician, serving two terms as a member of the European Parliament between 1989-2004 and since 1999 in the House of Lords.
"I am delighted to be patron of the LAA who are looking forward so positively to the future, particularly as the livestock auction mart system enters its 200th year in 2017," said Lord Inglewood.
"The auction mart system has been able to adapt to the ever changing world and is now very much more sophisticated. Selling through auction marts provides transparency in the market place and keeps prices competitive making them an absolute necessity to get the best prices for farmers and deliver best value to consumers, which has been critical for them to survive," he said.
Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association said, "We are thrilled and honoured that Lord Inglewood has agreed to be our patron. He is well versed in agricultural and rural issues and knows the industry thoroughly and understands only too well the challenges we face."
"We have a long pedigree, a fascinating history and have expanded our activities to actively promote the interests of the livestock auctioneering business with other trade organisations and with many government departments too," he added.
Lord Inglewood becomes the patron of the LAA as, together with its Scottish counterpart the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS), it commemorates the first recorded auction mart held 200 years ago in 1817 in Hawick in Scotland.