The county’s agricultural community has celebrated five years since the opening of the Monmouthshire Livestock Centre near Raglan.  Over two thousand people attended the official opening by BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson in November 2013 and the facility has since lived up to its promise to provide local farmers with a state of the art livestock market.

Council Leader Peter Fox attended a recent market and said: “The council recognised it was important to provide a first class market to allow farming to thrive in Monmouthshire for generations to come.  Farming is fundamental to the county’s economy, it is a crucial part of our infrastructure and it plays a wider role within our localities.  The Monmouthshire Livestock Centre is also important for the social interaction it offers, bringing together farming communities.  This is especially so as we look to tackle social isolation in a large rural county like Monmouthshire.”

The Monmouthshire Livestock Centre is easily accessible for farmers with two regular sales on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as additional seasonal auctions and it highlights the county’s reputation for producing top quality beef and lamb.

Keith Spencer, auctioneer and company secretary of Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers added: “The last five years have underlined the importance of livestock markets in enabling producers to obtain the best price possible for their stock in an open and competitive manner whatever the circumstances and prevailing economic conditions.  We are thankful to all the farming community for their support and it is very gratifying that we are seeing many new buyers and sellers as well as those who have attended the livestock markets in Monmouthshire throughout their lifetime.  It has also become an important venue for social and charitable events with a successful community carol singing evening last weekend which also raised a significant sum for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.  We have no doubt that the market will continue to be the focal point for the rural community in Monmouthshire and surrounding areas for many years to come.”