The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Trade Talk - Mark Burgoyne, Partner, Nock Deighton Agricultural

14th March 2022

At last, we have opened Carmarthen Mart after lots of hard work by our landlord Carmarthen County Council and our legal team and we thank them for this fantastic opportunity.

It was in truth an overwhelming opening on Wednesday 2nd March – the day following St David’s Day.

There was definitely a note of apprehension as to how this new business venture might go? We had been here before with the opening of Newcastle Emlyn Mart in August 2018. Somehow this was different however.

It may be that Emlyn was an existing business and the market never actually ceased trading, whereas Carmarthen Mart had been shut for approximately two years. It may have been the realisation of what a fantastic but huge facility we had now got to run – perhaps the enormity of the challenge was looking us right in the eye!

It is very early days but the farmers actually came – boy did they come! People were seen that hadn’t been seen there for years and people chatted who hadn’t seen each other for months perhaps since the last time they bumped into each other at Carmarthen.

Around 270 calves and weanlings turned up along with 25 dairy cattle because, despite the dulcet tones of Nigel Owens MBE selling a Hereford bull calf for £1,080 for charity (DPJ Foundation), this was our first day’s business here. To be honest the numbers were better than anticipated. Hereford bull calves sold to £440 and Limousin heifers to £420. Holstein heifers excelled at £2,750 with quality cattle a rip-roaring trade.

Two days later we did it all again with a fantastic entry of over 300 store cattle and barren cows and over 500 store and breeding sheep. Store steers sold to £1,460 and heifers to £1,470 with everything averaging £1,000 plus. Cull cows sold to 195p/kg with cull ewes to £185. Store lambs sold to £99.

We can breathe a sigh of relief and can report a decent start to our second Welsh adventure!