Company working with livestock farmers to grow marts business

Scott Donaldson, Sales Director, and Sarah Devlin, Wooler Auction Mart Fieldsperson.
Scott Donaldson, Sales Director, and Sarah Devlin, Wooler Auction Mart Fieldsperson.

Harrison & Hetherington will be working with livestock farmers to grow their businesses after moving into Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

That’s the message from Scott Donaldson, sales director for the company which has just completed the purchase of John Swan & Son’s two northern marts.

It believes both Wooler and St Boswells have great potential to market an increased number of quality store, breeding and prime livestock.

It will be promoting the benefits of the live auction ring to local farmers but will also be offering farm-to-farm trading and deadweight marketing as part of its service.

Scott Donaldson said: “We are very excited at the prospect of working with some of the finest livestock in the country. Local famers know and respect H&H, and many have done business through one of our existing companies.”

He adds: “The Scottish Borders and North Northumberland are outstanding livestock rearing areas and the H&H team is looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with its producers.

“Wooler Mart is a marvelous facility and we aim to bring more livestock through the door to benefit everybody concerned.

“Though livestock volumes may be reducing, it is our aim to offer a first class service that will draw both vendors and purchasers back.

“This is a well-placed mart in the heart the region.”

H&H shares with modern farmers the same objectives to expand their businesses and recognises the pressure they face from a lack of time and manpower.

It aims to connect and build relationships with farmers who use the two marts, and run a business that is able to react to and support their needs.

They will build an energetic and professional livestock sales team that customers can have complete confidence in.

Staff at both Wooler and St Boswells marts have transferred to the H&H Group and further recruitment has already started.

Scott said: “H&H will provide a fully professional, competitive and transparent service from the two marts, one that offers the farmer a system of marketing their stock effectively and efficiently to suit the business requirements.”

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The H&H Group, which also runs property advice and sales, insurance and printing businesses with a focus on the agricultural and rural economy, acquired John Swan Ltd earlier this month. The company has well-established relationships with the meat industry at all levels and also provides a market for store and breeding stock.

This move east also provides the opportunity for North Northumberland and Borders farmers and landowners to find out more about H&H’s land agency and insurance businesses. H&H Land and Property offers expertise in every aspect of rural property. H&H Insurance Brokers offers expertise and a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of insurance products tailored to individual needs, from equine to livestock, arable, commercial and high net worth. Both these services will be accessible through Wooler and St Boswells.

Farmers’ confidence in H&H can be said to go back to the company’s long history in farmstock, dating to 1870. Its Borderway Mart at Carlisle is one of the largest and leading livestock sale centres in the UK, providing a tremendous market platform for both sellers and purchasers.

H&H is also the official appointed auctioneers for all major beef, dairy and sheep breed societies and clubs throughout the UK.

Through all of its marts, which include Borderway, Lockerbie, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby, Broughton-in-Furness and Newcastleton, its high standards are reflected in the interest shown by progressive UK breeders in selling animals for export to Europe.

The H&H business is based upon very solid foundations yet is innovative enough to be best placed to face future challenges which may lie ahead within the agricultural industry. It also conducts on-farm sales, as well as auctions of implements and machinery.

To conclude Scott said: “We are very much looking forward to strengthening our position through Wooler and St Boswells working with farmers to maximise the potential of their livestock at all times and through all channels. The H&H team would be more than happy to discuss trading with any farmers.”

For more information about Harrison and Hetherington visit their website