The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Harper Adams recruiting for livestock market students

28th October 2013

Harper Adams University in Shropshire is recruiting for its 2014 intake of students for the Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Studies - Livestock Market Operations and Management.

The four-year course is designed to give people working in the livestock market industry a broader knowledge of the industry and business practices, as well as qualifying students to do valuations.

Mark Simcock, Principal Lecturer in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams, said 34 students are continuing on the programme, and he expects that a further five to ten will join the programme in January.

"The course is not so much about teaching them the skills of auctioneering because this is something they do already. Instead we get them to stand back and look at the industry as a whole, looking at problem solving techniques and business planning," he said.

"Harper Adams took over this course nearly four years ago, so at the beginning of next year we will see our first students graduating.

"The course is a great step forward for the livestock industry. In the future many of our students will be running these multi-million pound businesses, so they will need the necessary skills in people management, economic planning, and looking at how changes in regulation will affect their industry," he said.

"We want them to be able to look at where the industry is going to be in 20 years' time so they can adapt and make sure their business goes from strength to strength. It's about thinking beyond the day to day job," he said.

Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association said he was pleased to see the course going from strength to strength.

"Each graduate who comes through this course will be an added asset to the livestock markets industry. Ours is a fast changing business and one that requires an increasingly high skills set to keep it sustainable," he said.