Horse sales start again at Melton Cattle Market after three-year break

Tim Webster, horse auctioneer at Melton Cattle Market EMN-150409-150452001
Tim Webster, horse auctioneer at Melton Cattle Market EMN-150409-150452001
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Horses will be sold again at Melton Cattle Market tomorrow (Saturday) for the first time in three-and-a-half years.

More than 100 from throughout the country are expected to go up for auction from midday as a one-off initiative this year.

Auctioneer Tim Webster plans to restart regular horse sales next year with one every month.

He said: “We are excited about the horse sales coming back to the market and we’re expecting well over 100.

“We stopped doing them because they weren’t seen as profitable at the time but there are more around now and the market has picked up.

“There has been a lot of interest across the country - for instance, I’ve just come off the phone with four different vendors in Norfolk who want to sell their horses.

“I run horse sales in Derby and a lot of people have been asking when the Melton sales would be starting up again.”

A small proportion of the horses at the sales will be sold for their meat although owners can sign a section of their horse’s passport asking for the animal not to be sold for human consumption.

Mr Webster added: “I would like to start running horse sales every month at Melton market next year, probably the first Saturday of the month between April and October.

“Hopefully the sales on Saturday will show us it is profitable to do that.”