Market for young farmers in pipeline

Young Mark Newham at Ruswarp Market''w131414a
Young Mark Newham at Ruswarp Market''w131414a

Plans are being unveiled to revamp Ruswarp’s sheep and cattle sale market in a bid to get more young farmers involved.

It is hoped that more of the area’s young farmers can get involved in the biggest sale of the year that is held before Christmas.

Agents and auctioneers, Richardson and Smith host the sale and are trying to put more trade through the market.

They also hope the changes will help develop young farmers, in turn making the future of the industry more sustainable.

A series of proposals are being drafted and will be up for consultation among the farming community.

Richardson and Smith will organise, fund and promote a sale of cattle produced or owned by members of the local young farmers clubs.

In order to try and drum up support for the new show it is being suggested that the annual Christmas Show and sale is moved to take place alongside the young farmers show.

Ian Halley, partner at Richardson and Smith said financial help would be made available but the event would need the backing of local young farmers clubs within the Esk Valley and beyond.

He added: “For many years the Young Farmers Show and Sale was a highlight of the Young Farmers calendar and Ruswarp Market’s sale calendar.

“Unfortunately this sale has not taken place for a number of years but this initiative seeks to encourage all Young Farmers members to participate once again. However, this will only take place if sufficient young farmers take part.

“By arranging the Christmas Show on the Sunday and hosting it alongside the established Christmas Primestock showandby making it both a store and fatstock market would encourage a very wide attendance of butchers and farmers.”