LAA Manifesto | The Value of Livestock Auction Marts to British Farming
27th February 2020
The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) is the national organisation representing auctioneering firms that occupy and run the livestock auction markets of England and Wales.
The LAA takes steps to develop the system of selling livestock through auction markets, and to enhance the throughput and turnover of markets, encouraging efficiency and the highest animal welfare standards.
In March 2019, the LAA commissioned a report by Sean Rickard, an independent economic analyst - Livestock Markets: An Economic and Social Contribution, which found that livestock auction markets across England and Wales are contributing at least £3.42 billion to the rural economy.
The LAA Manifesto outlines the four key areas of importance for livestock trade, to ensure that the value of livestock auction marts is realised and protected.
Now that the UK has left the EU, open and tariff-free trade with the EU and other third country partners is essential for the future of the livestock sector. The LAA is urging MPs, government ministers and committees to consider and support the livestock sector as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU over the next ten months as livestock producers across the country will need to prepare their businesses for the marketing of livestock after the Brexit transition period.