The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association Ltd is the national organisation representing auctioneering firms that occupy and run the livestock auction markets of England and Wales.

Its members handle the vast majority of all auction sales of farm livestock and, in addition, most member firms conduct non livestock sales, such as agricultural, farm, contractor’s plant and machinery, vehicles, horticultural goods, furniture and fine arts, land and property.

LAA member firms are also recognised for the wide range of rural professional practice work that they conduct, which often includes valuations, rent reviews, planning, compensation and environmental work. Many livestock market sites host associated business premises, which may, for example, include animal feed merchants, pharmaceutical merchants, machinery dealerships, veterinary practices and many others. With one, or two, markets hosting a barber’s shop and even a health centre.

The Association is supported by representatives of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) and by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The Association is a member of the European Association of Livestock Markets (EALM) for Europe, which is based in Brussels near to the EU Commission offices.