West Wales marts closure comes as blow to farmers

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An auctioneer firm’s decision to suspend sales of lambs, calves and store cattle at Whitland and Crymych marts for at least three weeks has been described as a blow for local farmers.

JJ Morris said none of its marts would operate for three weeks in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Nock Deighton, which runs Newcastle Emlyn mart, has also cancelled its forthcoming marts.

Although the government’s directive on the suspension of livestock sales only applies to dairy cattle and breeding stock, JJ Morris said it had taken the decision to cancel all sales to protect its staff and the farming community.

Auctioneer Huw Evans, who runs the mart at Whitland, said human health concerns had forced that decision.

“We appreciate that marts are vital for keeping the wheels turning in the livestock sector but with the government suspending sales of dairy cattle and breeding stock for three weeks we felt it was appropriate that we should no longer continue with our marts for now,’’ he said.

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