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Young farmer focus: Peter Campbell, 26 - 'Auctioneering is a challenging job, but very rewarding'

Peter Campbell, 26, is a trainee auctioneer with Lawrie & Symington.

 

He has a veterinary bioscience degree from the University of Glasgow and is now studying a four-year course in livestock market operations and management at Harper Adams University from home.

Auction: I have always had a passion for working with animals. My uncle had a farm near Hawick and when I was young I enjoyed being involved with his sheep and cattle. At 13 years-old my uncle gave me my first sheep and the rest is history.

 

When I first went to university, I was keen to be a vet and, as I had always enjoyed the farming aspect, I decided to follow this as a career.

 

After graduating, I was self-employed for four and half years. I was interested in auctioneer work and knew someone at Lawrie & Symington. When a job came up they asked if I was still keen and here we are today.

 

There has been plenty of opportunities for personal and professional development since becoming a trainee.

 

My main responsibilities include liaising with farmers, valuation and analysis of livestock, building up a client base, attending market days, sorting animals to sell, and encouraging farmers to come down to the mart on sale days.

 

Auctioneering is a challenging but also hugely rewarding profession which takes years of practise to become good at.

 

Day-to-day: I look after the sale of calves and poultry which take place once every two weeks and I assist the other auctioneers during the weekly livestock sales.

 

As I have worked on farms, I know how integral it is for those attending the auctions to get the best possible prices and what it means to their livelihoods.

 

There are many aspects of the job I enjoy, but seeing livestock and meeting new people on the road are probably my highlights.

 

Young Farmers: I am in Bathgate Young Farmers and have been chairman of the group as well as chairman of Lothian and Peebles District. I am currently deputy cub/club leader.

 

Young Farmers is a great thing.


It is where I met my wife, so it is much better than a dating agency in my opinion.

 

At home we have a small flock of 85 Texel cross and some cattle. If you are not born into farming it can be difficult to build it up, but it is a good challenge.

 

I am concentrating on finishing my university course and progressing with Lawrie & Symington.

 

From our point of view, we are looking at ways we can grow our market, being as competitive as we can and building the company to be the best it can be.


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