SUNDERLANDS have increased their livestock auctioneering business in Herefordshire and Powys.

Sunderlands have purchased Brightwells’ Livestock enterprise, taking on the lease of Builth Wells Market and purchasing Brightwells’ shares of Hereford Market Auctioneers Ltd.

Powys has the highest density of sheep anywhere in the world and Sunderlands took the decision to expand further their livestock auctioneering business from Hereford and Talgarth Markets to include Builth Wells Market. The company state that the 'current crisis has underlined the importance of home-grown food production and not to be reliant upon imports which can stop overnight, as this crisis has blatantly pointed out'.

Sunderlands are pleased to invest further in British agriculture and particularly livestock production in the highest density sheep population in the world.

"We look forward to the support of the farmers in the Builth Wells area," the company added.