Market to continue despite new rules
THE country's biggest TB-restricted cattle market, at Holsworthy, will continue despite strict new rules on cattle movements that came into force on January 1.
Kivells auctioneers are the biggest company in the country selling cattle from restricted herds.
Kivells auctioneer James Morrish said they will hold the first of the year's Orange Markets on January 21 at Holsworthy and Hallworthy in Cornwall.
"The new rules won't affect those farmers wishing to sell cattle through the Orange Market, provided they book them with us and we do all the correct paperwork and provided it's within the 60-day period (since the reactor test).
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"The changes are more to do with buyers than sellers."
The special markets are normally held on Mondays and Kivells has been offering the orange market for more than three years.
Specialist staff have fine-tuned the process so that farmers have grown confident in the system despite their bad luck in seeing test reactors.
"We're looking forward to a good year for the TB-restricted sales," said Mr Morrish.
"Buyers are coming from all over the country and we have many customers coming to thank us for the service."