A number of auction marts have cancelled or postponed sales today, and for the rest of the week, due to the adverse weather conditions.
Harrison and Hetherington have postponed today’s store cattle sale (March 1) at St Boswell until March 8, their machinery sale until March 16 and tomorrow’s pedigree beef breeding sale until March 23.
It is hoped sales will be running normally from Monday.
Wright Marshall have postponed their sales of British Blue cattle and rare breed poultry until March 10 and the sale of show potential cattle at Leyburn scheduled for Saturday will now also take place on March 10.
Today’s market at Gisburn has been cancelled and Wigton’s anniversary sale of store cattle postponed until next Thursday.
Douglas Ross, NFU Scotland, said: “Weather condition over the last 24-48 hours have been unseasonably treacherous, and while this has meant that many business have been able to close down for the day farmers do not have such a luxury.
“The poor conditions have meant that many livestock farmers have not been able to receive deliveries of feed for their stock, a particular problem at this time of year as many keep their stock inside during the winter and those who still have grazing outdoors will want to be feeding on top of that in this weather.
“Some of our dairy members have had issues with milk tankers not being able to come and collect full tanks. This is a serious problem as it could mean that these farmers will have to make a decision on whether or not do dump the milk which has not been collected on the day, causing serious financial hardship on farmers who can scarce afford it.
“Despite these difficulties our members will continue to struggle on, tending to their animals and land as they always do, keeping up the high standards of welfare and quality which the public has come to expect from Scottish farming.”