Video: Why livestock auction markets are vital to rural life

A recent report by the Livestock Auctioneers Association put the value of livestock marts to the economy of England and Wales at £3.5bn annually.

Over 100 livestock markets still remain in England and Wales, supporting 3,000 jobs and they are crucial to farmers to ensure buyers and sellers get a fair price for their livestock.

There is another value to livestock marts, which is hard to put a price on. They offer an opportunity for farmers to meet up and socialise, especially for those who may suffer from rural isolation.

We visit Whitland market and hear from auctioneers, farmers and market workers on how the market is a valuable asset to the community.

See also: Why on-farm ram auctions are growing in popularity

Ffermio is the only television programme in Britain that specifically deals with agricultural issues, as well as providing all the news relevant to farmers and the wider audience.

It is a weekly magazine programme for S4C that discusses a wide range of topics from animal health to food production and conservation.

Join the presenters, Daloni Metcalfe, Alun Elidyr and Meinir Howells, for the latest agricultural stories.

Ffermio presenters (left to right Alun Elidyr, Meinir Howells, Daloni-Metcalfe

Ffermio presenters (left to right) Alun Elidyr, Meinir Howells and Daloni-Metcalfe