The mart closed its doors on September 1
Farmers in Glamorgan have been left in the dark over the future of their local livestock mart with fears growing livestock trading in Cowbridge will never resume.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has raised concerns over the impact on farmers’ mental health of adding more worries at an already uncertain time.
Cowbridge mart was granted a charter in 1254.
FUW county executive officer Rachel Saunders said they were very concerned market trading would not start again with the mart already being disassembled.
“That is something which will cost our local farmers, already under pressure because of uncertainty over red meat sales post Brexit. We are urging the Council to provide urgent clarity,” she said.
Following its closure on 1 September 2020 the closest alternative is at Raglan, Carmarthen or Brecon meaning significant extra costs for farmers.
Cowbridge farmers who do not have the necessary Certificates of Competence are only allowed to transport their stock for a maximum of 65 km and to travel over 65km would need a Certificate of Competence and a valid transporter authorisation for short journeys.
This means those who cannot meet these requirements will have to pay additional haulage costs to sell their produce.
“Our very real fear is that now that the site has shut down, a new one will never be built, and currently it is understood that there is no guaranteed funding for the new mart,” Ms Saunders added.
“As it is, the uncertainty in farming now is causing serious mental health issues within the industry, and the closure of this mart only puts further pressure on a worried community. The Council must act with urgency to resolve this matter.”