LAA appoints new chairman

The Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA) has appointed a new chairman from within the organisation.

LAA ex-vice-chairman Robert Addison was appointed chairman yesterday. Addison is the MD of Hexham and Northern Marts in Northumberland and has said he is looking forward to ensuring livestock producers continue to be well-served by both the auctioneers and the market.

Addison has spent 28 years in the industry as a livestock auctioneer and said he relished the challenge of the new role and vowed to keep up the good work of his predecessor, Gwyn Williams.

He said: "Dairy and beef stock commanded record prices through livestock auction markets this summer. This helped many producers through one of the toughest summers on record, in terms of poor grazing and economic conditions.

"We’re expecting beef, dairy and lamb prices to hold firm for at least the next six months or so and we’ll be working hard to help producers to maximise their income from stock sold in auction rings across the UK throughout the winter, into 2013 and beyond," he said.

"Livestock auction markets pull out all the stops to make sure that producers see a fair return for their stock. And we’ll continue to work hard to attract a lot of keen buyers and make sure they have access to plenty of information about what’s available to buy."

According to the new chairman, one of the biggest threats to the UK cattle industry is TB and he said the LAA would be lobbying the government to tackle the problem. He said: "We have a valuable and objective viewpoint to add to the debate. This disease has a serious impact on producers and on the marketplace and it’s in the LAA’s interest to ensure that effective action is taken as soon as possible."

The Association’s new vice-chairman is Rodney Cordingley, of York Auction Centre.


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