Sat in true sheep country in scenic mid Wales Rhayader Livestock market, set in the heart of this bustling market town, with strong community support goes from strength to strength under new management.
The market has been at its site for more than 100 years. The ground was given to the town as a field in the will of its previous owner, taking the market off the streets, so the trust was set-up to manage the market. The trust still fully supports the market operating at its centre of town site, and hopes it will continue there for many more years to come. It is considered as an important asset to the town, its residents and businesses and is available for community events.
With weekly fat stock days being a Thursday, the market regularly attracts 800 to 1,500 lambs and 500 to 1,000 cull ewes each week from loyal vendors with numbers reaching in excess of 3.000 lambs and 1,500 ewes during peak season. Store cattle, cows and calves and TB tested barren cattle are sold on Wednesdays periodically throughout the year. Store and breeding sheep sales are held monthly on Saturday’s throughput later August to October.
Rhayader is renowned for its October breeding ewe sale which sees in excess of 6,500 welsh and hard speckle ewe and ewe lambs selling to buyers from as far as Devon and Cornwall.
2017 saw re-investment into the business from the market site’s landlord, the Rhayader Smithfield Trust, in the form of new sheep pens with the capacity to pen 3,000 prime lambs.