A charter granted in the 13th century first gave Welshpool the right to hold a weekly market on a Monday and in 1863 the Smithfield Livestock Market was established, spending well over a century at its old home on Mill Lane in the centre of the town.
In 2008, work on its redevelopment began a mile away from its original base on a 16 acre site on the outskirts of the town and in November 2009 the new multi-million pound Livestock Marketing Centre now being home to Welshpool Livestock Sales was completed and opened. Transforming the future of trading, the livestock building extends to 3.25 acres and is capable of holding in excess of 1,200 cattle and 15,000 sheep.
Long established as the main auction outlet for livestock in Mid Wales and the borders and still being reputed the largest prime lamb market in Western Europe. Welshpool Livestock Sales has a dedicated team based at the centre dealing with the sales and purchases of both pedigree and commercial livestock on behalf of its very extensive client base.
Conducting weekly Monday sales of prime lambs, prime cattle, cull ewes, cull cows, plus store lambs and breeding ewes. With fortnightly sales of dairy cattle, cows and calves and store cattle the market attracts buyers from all over the country, annually selling in excess of 500,000 sheep and 10,000 cattle.
The Welshpool Livestock Sales team can also provide clients with specialist facilities and advertising needed for in house dispersal, reduction or production sales.
Further to this in recent years the market has sought to diversify from its traditional livestock roots with the introduction of its private function facilities for events and conferences and through our two annual machinery sales, which held every Spring and Autumn, one on site and the other located at Coed-y-Dinas, on the outskirts of Welshpool.
2018 - New rural and agricultural hub established at WLS
In March 2018, Morris, Marshall and Poole and Norman Lloyd, the two partners of WLS merged forming Morris, Marshal and Poole with Norman Lloyd. The new merged company incorporates WLS.
WLS is now the base for a dedicated rural and agricultural hub combining the expertise of the two companies rural and agri teams, providing specialist services, including land valuations and surveys, farm and livestock sales and a range of grant and government subsidy services.