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Greg Mulholland meets local farmers to hear industry concerns

March 3, 2017 12:19 PM

Greg Mulholland MP yesterday visited the Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart to meet with local farmers and butchers, to discuss their concerns about issues currently affecting the industry.

Mr Mulholland had been asked to attend the Auction Mart to meet local farmers and listen to their concerns about problems affecting the agricultural industry.

Farmers and butchers outlined their concerns to the MP on a number of issues from the loss of farming subsidies from the EU, to supermarket prices, the labelling of meat, and movement restrictions on livestock still in place from the late 90s.

Mr Mulholland addressed farmers after the mornings' cattle auction had finished, stressing the need for politicians to listen to the problems facing the agricultural industry, and stated that he would seek to raise these issues in Parliament.

Established over 100 years ago Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart is one of the most popular Farmer's markets in the North of England, and runs sales of livestock, machinery and furs in addition to special sales of vintage & classic cars, and general household goods.

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West said:

"I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart, one of the biggest such farmers' auctions in the North of England.

"The Government must act to support British farmers and farming now and in the future. Our extremely hardworking farmers not only produce the food we put on our plates and food that is locally produced, which is much better environmentally, but they are also the custodians of our countryside including in and around Wharfedale and we need to ensure that farmers are still able to do this in the future and are properly paid what they produce and the very hard work that entails.

"It is huge important that politicians take the time to talk to the people one the front-line of what is a vital industry. It was a very enlightening visit, and I look forward to taking these issues up in Parliament."

Jenny Clayton, a Local Farmer, added:

"It was great for Greg to visit the auction, and listen to the concerns of local farmers and butchers. I am sure that it was an eye-opening experience for him, and it was fantastic to have the chance to raise these issues with him directly.

"We look forward to hearing him raise these issues in Parliament".

Ian Smith, Auctioner at the Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart commented:

"I am pleased that Greg has come to visit the auction mart and has listened to the many concerns that farmers and butchers currently have in this difficult time. Many farms face an uncertain future and no doubt they made their concerns know to Greg.

"I hope that Greg enjoyed seeing the auction in full swing, and I am sure that he will have received a great deal of information from the farmers and butchers that were here."