Photo essay: Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart has to be herd... and seen!

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Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart Ltd is based in the market town of Otley.

Established over 100 years ago on February 14, 1893, the market is run by a huge collective of hundreds of farmers and butchers and headed by a board of farmer directors.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

It runs regular sales of livestock, machinery and ‘fur and feather’ as well as seasonal sales of breeding and feeding sheep.

On an average month, around 1,200 sheep and 400 cattle will be sold at the base at Chevin Lodge, or through on-site sales at farms across the region.

And it’s not just for fans of all thing farming.

There are also regular showcases of vintage and classic cars, an “Agri-jumble” and fine arts.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

The 2016 season kicks off next Friday with a new year sale of store cattle, and a machinery, rabbits and poultry sale on January 23.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

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