About Frome Livestock Market

Markets are held every Wednesday (fat cattle, cull cows, calves, dairy cows and both fat and store sheep) and every Friday (store cattle).

Suckler cow and calf sales are held on Wednesdays as required, and sales of organic store cattle take place on one Friday in every month.

Orange TB sales are held monthly on a Monday.

Frome is acknowledged and recognised as being one of the largest and most important store cattle markets in the country, with nearly 130,000 head of stock presented during 2014, 50,000 of which were store cattle alone.

History of Frome Market

The town of Frome is first recorded as being a 'market town' within the Domesday book in 1086. A Royal Charter to hold a market was subsequently granted by Henry III on 1239, with the market day changing from Saturday to Wednesday in 1494.

Selling by auction increased in popularity in the 18th and 19th century, and by 1875 the market had moved closer to railway sidings to accommodate the increase in animal movement by train. The last move, to its current purpose built site at Standerwick, took place in 1990.

Frome Livestock Market - 25 years @ Standerwick

Over 3,500 people attended the opening market at the Standerwick site on 28th March 1990. It was a moment of great excitement for the auctioneers, farmers and buyers. 

The relocated premises and the Standerwick Agricultural Business Park had been created by Cooper & Tanner, who continued to operate the market until 1993. From them until 2013 the market was owned and operated by Premier Livestock Auctions, a family-run company run by the well known MacNicol family.

During the first decade and a half the market at Standerwick became soundly established at its new base and grew in strength, despite suffering the negative vagaries affecting the UK livestock industry between 1996 and 2006. Even in the darkest days of the 2001 Foot and Mouth crisis the market restaurant remained a weekly focal point for the local community. 

2007 saw the very beneficial combined appointment of Symonds and Sampson and Cooper and Tanner as joint Auctioneers at Frome Market. In 2008 the already successful store cattle section was given further scope for its substantial growth with the introduction of Friday sales. 

In June 2013 the business was transferred to Frome Livestock Auctioneers Limited (FLA), a new company formed by many members of Cooper & Tanner LLP and Symonds & Sampson LLP; both having acted as auctioneers for PLA for many years.

Over the last quarter of a century many livestock auction centres have sadly disappeared. Fortunately for Frome Market the atmosphere of optimism and commitment present on the opening day at Standerwick in March 1990 has been fulfilled. The Standerwick site has sustained Frome as a survivor market, enabled it to flourish into a regional livestock centre of national renown and secured its ongoing long term future. All of that has been made, and remains, possible by the continuing support of vendors, buyers and hauliers. 

Our Auctioneers

Cooper and Tanner and Symonds and Sampson as the Joint Auctioneers at Frome Market.

Both firms are very well known and bring a very wide breadth of livestock valuation and auctioneering expertise. Both are committed to providing a first class service.


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