FarmingUK - September 2020

Private sales are modernising with the help of apps and online marketplaces, offering the lure of timesaving and no commission fee, as normally paid to a mart. But the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) says a traditional mart helps ensure a fair price for buyers and sellers. Private sales don’t come with the same guarantees as live marts and could leave farmers open to unfair prices and payment dodgers, warn auctioneers. 18 WWW.FARMINGUK.COM Private sales of sheep and cattle can be risky, warn auctioneers Auctioneers say livestock auction marts guarantee farmers better protection than private sales