Forfar Mart - Angus' last livestock market
- Hannah Ewan
- 11 July 2012
Angus' last livestock market remains a thriving hub for farmers and butchers
From six weekly livestock markets that once ran throughout Angus and Dundee in the post-war period, the Forfar Mart is the only one remaining. That’s not to give the impression that it clings to life – Lanark-based owners Lawrie & Symington recently invested £500,000 in the market, and it plays a significant and thriving role as a link between local farmers and local butchers, as well as hosting antiques auctions and even weddings.
The mart took its current form in 1967, and still sees butchers and farmers arriving from counties beyond Angus, ensuring that the market has a significant role to play in the wider region. While not as large as Stirling or Thainstone markets, 50 prime cattle come through the weekly sales, as well as up to 4,000 prime lambs in season.