Covid-19 Statement - 4pm on Tuesday 24th March 2020

Important announcement

Current Position at 4pm Tuesday 24th March 2020

Following today’s announcement by DEFRA and The Welsh Government, Auction Marts are permitted to sell Primestock, Cull Animals and Store Stock including rearing and reared calves.

Auctions are NO LONGER permitted to sell

Dairy Cattle
Beef Breeding Cattle
Breeding Sheep (including Ewe with Lambs at Foot)

Our sale this Thursday 26th March, the closing sale of Store Hoggs will go ahead in Junction 36 at 11am

Friday’s sale at Lancaster Auction Mart will go ahead with cull cows, store cattle and rearing calves

PLEASE NOTE the stirk sale will be cancelled this Friday due to the lack of space necessary for social distancing. This sale will be rescheduled in due course and further announcements will be made

Week commencing Monday 30th March 2020

Monday 30th March – Lancaster Auction Mart
Weekly sale of Prime and Cull Sheep
Please note no sale of Ewes with Lambs at Foot

Tuesday 31st March – J36 Rural Auction Centre
Weekly sale of Prime and Cull Sheep
Please note no sale of Ewes with Lambs at Foot

Thursday 2nd April – J36 Rural Auction Centre
Fortnightly Sale of Reared and Rearing Calves, Store Cattle and Cull Cattle
Please note no sale of Breeding Cattle this day

Friday 3rd April – Lancaster Auction Mart
Weekly Sale of Reared and Rearing Calves, Store Cattle and Cull Cattle

This is the current position, however, please contact any member of our Livestock team on their mobile numbers


We have already implemented a “drop and go” policy for vendors.

This action is to prevent any sellers from entering the market.

Vendors are instructed to deliver their animals to the loading docks (remaining in their vehicles) whilst the market staff unload the vehicle and take the animals to their pens.

The sale documentation MUST be collected by the auctioneer’s staff from the vendor’s vehicle when they arrive at the unloading docks – Vendors MUST NOT take the paperwork to the market office themselves, or enter the market pennage area for any reason.


The number of buyers will be restricted to allow Social Distancing (2 meters between each buyer). The number of buyers able to attend may be different between markets. All buyers must ring to book in advance of sales.

Markets MUST keep a register of those that attend their sales – contact name, address and telephone number.

At the conclusion of the sale buyers MUST be asked to enter the sales office in a way that does not result in too many entering at any one time.

Buyers will be asked to sanitise on entry to the market and again on exit.

• We have been given strong advice for purchasers to ‘double up’, asking one person to buy for multiple clients.

• All purchasers must register with the market and only ‘known’ purchasers will be given access to the market.

• We must ensure that the highest hygiene prevention measures are in place at all time for your safety and ours

• We will enforce social distancing, 2m apart, not allowing more people at the ringside than the 2m gap allows

• All potential “gathering” points MUST be prevented – THERE WILL BE NO REFRESHMENTS

• For Store Sales – We have been strongly advised by DEFRA that as few people as possible are present, therefore only buyers who have phoned us prior to the sale will be permitted onto the premises. Strictly NO on lookers and only serious buyer permitted

These conditions will be adhered to and strictly enforced

The number one priority is your safety and ours at all times

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