It comes after it was forced to cancel its regular May 5 sale as a result of an investigation by the county’s Trading Standards and the Animal and Plant Health Agency
Gisburn market was expecting to remain closed for it’s Thursday and Saturday sale after its operating licence was revoked by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) last Friday (May 4).
A single ewe and its lamb were reported to be grazing a field opposite the market where effluent from the previous Thursday’s primestock and dairy sale had been applied by sprinkler system.
Richard Turner, principal of Richard Turner and Son, said it appeared the ewe and lamb had found a gap in the adjoining dairy farm’s boundary fence and the animals were now detained on the field for 28 days.
Gisburn applied for a new licence on Tuesday morning and was now waiting on a date for a decision to be made.
Mr Turner said he had been told it would not be this week but was hopeful they could reopen Monday or Tuesday next week.
He added there ‘should be absolutely no reason’ they did not get another licence.
The market had to turn away about 300 people for last week’s sale and would now have to turn away even more at ‘bigger sales’ which were planned this week.
He said there was an effect on the business and some staff who were not salaried but it was ’more of a concern for the farmer’.
"It is their livelihood it is hitting," he said.
"They need to sell. They are used to coming to Gisburn."
He added they would be informing as many farmers as possible.
"There could be 10 per cent of people turn up who have not heard of it."
He added animals may have been in transit for a long distance and would be unable to be unloaded at the mart.
"There could be welfare concerns there," he added.
The Animal and Health Plant Agency has withdrawn the licence needed to hold animal gatherings from Gisburn Auction Mart Ltd due to serious concerns about its operations.
The APHA has been working in partnership with Lancashire County Council Trading Standards for the past two years to bring Gisburn Auction Mart Ltd to compliance in a number of areas including disease control, livestock traceability and animal welfare.
The market was recently given a month to rectify serious non-compliances which would allow it to have its animal gatherings licence renewed in May 2018.
It was also recently served by the APHA with seven improvement notices under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and has a number of ongoing court trials pending regarding serious animal welfare breaches.
Following three consecutive inspections of the market during the week beginning 30 April 2018, a temporary agreement to allow the market to operate on the Thursday and the Saturday was made. However, whilst this agreement was in force, further serious non-compliances were disclosed and consequently the agreement was revoked by APHA on Friday 4 April 2018.