The first livestock market to be held at the new £6 million AgriBusiness Centre in Holsworthy has been deemed a “huge success”.
IAE were asked to fit the internal buildings with livestock equipment, drawing from our years of experience and manufacturing abilities, this was no problem for us to complete.
Vendors and sellers from all over the South West descended upon the market town with more than 4,000 animals passing through the sale.
This is an extract from the North Devon Journal about the opening day
The opening was described as “a huge day for the farming community and Holsworthy”.
The planning of the market was given the go ahead back in 2012, so the long anticipated opening, now offers fantastic facilities for the farming community in North Devon.
Torridge District Council leader Councillor Philip Collins said: “This is one of the most important days in Torridge council’s history and has been years in the making.
The centre sits on a 40-acre site and includes livestock lairage, pens and auction rings, with purpose built pods in which farm-related enterprises can do business.
As well as the state-of-the-art livestock pens and business pods, there is modern office accommodation and a café.
He described the day as a huge occasion for Holsworthy.
“It was a natural place to have the centre here, not just because of the history of the old market site but because Holsworthy is an agricultural hub of North Devon – people come here from miles away,” said Jon. “The last market day in the town had a record attendance and I’m sure today will be the same – the car park is filling up already. It’s a huge day for the farming community and Holsworthy.”
Mr Collins said that the centre will continue to ensure agricultural will stay at the heart of the town.
He added: “Holsworthy is a small town and this project ensures that the area will continue to thrive and that agriculture will remain at the heart of Holsworthy as it has done for such a long time.”