As Harrison and Hetherington auctioneers currently trade out of Borderway Livestock Centre, Carlisle, officials have passed the word to them that movements will cease by 2.30pm today.

“We’re selling at the moment and have already rang those hauliers bringing in their second loads to not load and stay put,” said pedigree manager Heather Pritchard. 

Although she couldn’t state a figure off hand, trade lost due to previous movement restrictions was catastrophic. “We were at our busiest time then, it’s even worse now, particularly for sheep producers, as their lambing periods are already likely to have been delayed, meaning significant financial losses for next season.”

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