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Our first "Lockdown" auction, on Monday 13th April, worked well, and, going forward, we intend to hold Special Sales of Grazing cattle (also Forward Stores, Prime & OTM's), every Monday, beginning 27th April. Unfortunately, in accordance with Government guidelines, sales will still only be open to those who have registered their intent to purchase livestock, but all will be “on camera” so sellers can watch online, with a cup of tea in hand.
Although our South buyers will not be able to attend in person, due to the restrictions in place both to air and sea travel, they are very keen to purchase Orkney cattle in Orkney, so have delegated agents to buy for them. At this time of year, when the stock forward are predominantly younger grazing type cattle, there is also a strong local demand, so we are optimistic that our good stable trade will continue.
We are still more than happy to come to see your cattle, and match them up with a purchaser, if this is more convenient for you. Your cattle would be weighed here at the Mart, before being moved on, and put through our system at an agreed price. This system is working quite well and upwards of 40 farmers have taken advantage of selling their cattle this way so far.
If this is of interest to you please get in touch with Graham or George Low on these numbers –
Graham – 07833459120
George – 07936441357 or, you can phone the office, between 10am and 1pm, where there will be one member of the office staff available to speak to you regarding this or any other queries you may have.
Our Annual Grass Lets sale will go ahead on Monday, 20th April, as planned, but again, only those intending to purchase can attend and the same strict guidelines must be followed.
After our Sheep sale on Monday, 20th April, our next sale will be on Friday 1st May. Further Sheep Sale dates will be confirmed nearer the time.
THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS
Sellers are asked to view sales on-line – they will not be permitted to attend the auction.
Buyers must pre-register with the office staff by phone beforehand, must sign in and out of the sale ring, and on entering and leaving, use the hand sanitizers provided.
Anyone who has been in contact with a COVID-19 case or has been out of Orkney in the past 14 days must not attend sales.
Anyone over the age of 70 should be aware of Government guidance and advice before making their decision to attend.
Anyone displaying any illness or symptoms of any illness or has underlying health problems must not attend.
Pregnant ladies and children must not attend sales.
Hopefully, if we all abide by the rules –
“Short term pain will mean a long term gain”
Keep safe – Our best regards – The staff at Orkney Auction Mart
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Orkney Auction Mart Ltd.
Grainshore Road, Hatston,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1FL
Tel: 01856 872520