Sheep auctions resumed at Winslow Livestock Market on Monday, September 3, after a five-week absence following the Surrey foot-and-mouth outbreak.

Some 600 lambs and ewes were sold – a slightly lower number than usual, which head auctioneer Simon Draper said could be due to the pressures of harvest-time.

Mr Draper, of Winslow Livestock Market operators Thame Farmers Auction Mart Ltd, said farmers were pleased to see the market back open.

Sales are expected to return to normal next week.