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LAA calls for uniform levy rate rises

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The Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) has called on levy bodies in England, Wales and Scotland to impose a uniform increase in 2011 to make it easier for “collectors” who have to deal with animals from all three regions.

“The current proposals by AHDB, HCC and QMS and the possibility that different rate may apply in England, Scotland and Wales creates potential difficulties for us in our role as collectors,” explains LAA chairman Gwyn Williams.

“We are talking to all three promotional bodies and have strongly urged them to try and agree a uniform levy rate. I am hoping they will agree,” says Mr Williams in a Christmas/New Year message to members, who operate in markets in all three areas.

Listing other “burning issues” facing livestock markets in 2011, Mr Williams highlights the difficulties markets face in acting as Central Point Recording Centres with “batch-within-batch” recording and reporting where non-electronic tags are used.

He also points to the challenges raised by Bovine TB and its affect on several businesses and he praises markets in the worst affected areas for having a go at running sales for TB-restricted cattle.

Referring to the end-of-the-year freeze in many parts of the country, Mr Williams says that while some markets are experiencing difficulties with the extreme low temperatures, everyone has managed to meet its commitments so far.

The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association is the national organisation representing auctioneering firms which occupy and run the livestock auction markets of England and Wales. Its members handle the vast majority of all auction sales of farm livestock. The Association is also supported by representatives of the Institute of Appraisers and Auctioneers in Scotland.

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