30 August 1999
Auctioneering has to change with the times
Auction marts will have to decide whether they are right in hanging onto the auction system or whether they opt for the market to become a collecting point, argues Kenny Robertson, a self-employed auctioneer, profiled in The Scotsman.
Robertson, a 30-year veteran of the business and formerly a director with John Swan & Sons, believes that auctions are changing their role and beginning to evolve into livestock agents “finding the best prices from abattoirs.
He also believes they will face pressure to relocate on new sites capable of allowing them to disperse slurry and meet the rigorous health and safety and welfare standards regulations.