Tuesday, 14 June 2011

“World’s finest breed” gets new market

The famous Herefordshire Bull is set to grace the pens and showrings of a new 21st-century livestock market befitting its stature on the world stage.

Instantly recognisable by farmers around the globe, the final Herefordshire Bulls will be going through the cramped and out-dated city centre cattle market in Hereford for the last time this Wednesday, June 15.

A week later (Weds, June 22) the market, along with its fine traditions, will begin life at the new livestock market on Hereford’s Roman Road.

The market, which has taken about year to build - and required a Parliamentary Bill to allow it to be located out of the city as set out in a 1597 charter - will be able to handle around 8,000 sheep and 500 cattle a day.

“There will be many farmers who have fond memories of the old cattle market and will be a little sad to see it go,” said Cllr Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for enterprise and culture.

“However, the overwhelming feeling is one of relief as it’s definitely time for change and the new market will provide modern 21st-century facilities for this important sector of Herefordshire’s economy.

“Importantly, it will keep a lot of traffic away from the city centre and releases this site to be transformed into much needed city centre facilities.”

Jonathan Bretherton, chief executive of Hereford Futures, said: “This is an historic day for Hereford as the market’s move paves the way for a major city centre development which will bring a six-screen cinema, a Waitrose food store, a department store and further retail outlets and restaurants into the heart of Hereford.

“There has been a lot of talk over this development and many people have said it would never happen. That makes the final day of sales on the old cattle market site all the more significant as the developers intend to start demolition later this year and construction should begin in early 2012.”

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