Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Hereford’s new livestock market attracts new business

With the opening of Hereford’s new livestock market on the horizon, a local animal medicines and feed supplier has been granted permission to set up shop at the new site on Roman Road.

It’s good news as the decision has paved the way for R. M. Jones Farm, Smallholder and Pet Supplies, to move out of its building on the current cattle market, and relocate to the new livestock market site.

When the doors to the new livestock market open – likely to be early June – it will be capable of handling 8,000 sheep and 500 cattle a day.

It will provide farmers with a 21st-century facility which will also take away market day traffic from Hereford’s congested city centre.

Hay-on-Wye-based R. M. Jones was granted permission when Herefordshire Council’s planning committee met on Wednesday, February 23.

The committee heard the business supplies the agricultural trade with animal feed and medicines as well as providing specialist advice to farmers on the welfare of their animals.

It was felt the company is a necessary ancillary to the livestock market as many farmers who had cattle or sheep going through the market took the opportunity to visit the store.

Planning permission was granted subject to a number of conditions, covering landscaping, restrictions on hours when deliveries can be made, external lightning and restrictions during construction.

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