wigton’s spring sale
Rory spent the morning of April 12th at Hopes Auction Mart in Wigton talking to farmers and staff assembled for the mart’s popular Spring Sale of cattle and sheep. In a show of solidarity with the region’s farming industry Rory chatted with farmers about a variety of issues, from delayed single farm payments to volatile market prices and the establishment of an internal drainage board. The local MP was delighted to be present for the Easter cattle show, and spent some time observing the bull and heifer categories.
Rory said: “Although times are undeniably tough for farmers at the moment, there was a really positive air at the mart today. Wigton and Allerdale farmers should be proud of the result – there has been a tremendous show of both cattle and hoggs, with early spring lambs averaging £3 per kilo. I always enjoy coming here, and get a real sense of how the market equates on the ground.”
Rory also met with auctioneers David Bowman and Bruce Walton, and was given a tour by Hopes director Stuart Robertson.