The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

Abergavenny market official opening at new site

25th November 2013

Television presenter Adam Henson will officially open the new premises for Abergavenny and Newport livestock market on Friday 29th November at Bryngwyn, near Raglan, Monmouthshire.

The site, which is seven miles from Abergavenny, comprises a livestock sale facility which can accommodate up to 3,500 sheep and 800 cattle. It will take over business from the current town centre location on December 17th.

Keith Spencer, Company Secretary of the newly-formed Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers, said the new state-of-the-art facilities will be able to cope with the market's current throughput and should attract new business as well.

"The site has been built to the highest modern standards taking into account animal health and welfare and is able to offer a much improved service to our customers," he said.

"Our current town centre location has become somewhat outdated to meet the needs of our business. With the closure of Monmouth market in 2002 and Newport in 2009, the volume of livestock has become too large for our current premises.

"The new site is far better for access and parking and we believe it will attract stock from the wider area, as well as more local producers who have been using more up to date facilities," he said.

The site has been developed by Monmouthshire County Council at a cost of around £5 million. The facilities also include a support building, administration offices and a café. The current site is to be sold off for a supermarket development in Abergavenny town centre.

Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, said the move reflected a general trend in the industry of modernisation.

"Many businesses within the livestock auctioneering industry are undergoing a process of transformation which is seeing premises being upgraded to meet high standards of health and welfare, and businesses merging to create a newly efficient and vibrant sector," he said.

"There is a large amount of regeneration work going on in the sector and Abergavenny is a prime example of this. Their new facility is well-placed to meet the challenges of the future and I wish them every success," he said.

In the last ten years there have been developments or relocations at Cockermouth, Thirsk, Rugby, Cirencester and Aberystwyth and more recently at Hereford, Wigton, Sedgemoor and Welshpool and Holsworthy are in the process of being re-located, and Chelford, Darlington and Barnard Castle have upgrade plans in the pipeline.