Mark Northcott, one of the most familiar of faces in livestock markets throughout the south west, hangs up his gavel
Mark joined Senior & Godwin in 1973, at the tender age of 17, and worked closely with Paul Lewis and Ben James. He soon rose to become the youngest and most respected calf auctioneer in the UK regularly selling over 1,000 calves a week.
He joined Symonds & Sampson in 1997 heading the Agricultural Sales department, and holding regular collective fodder, standing straw and maize sales as well as numerous farm dispersal sales throughout the region.
Mark has the distinction of auctioneering in a number of livestock markets including Sturminster Newton, Dorchester, Yeovil and latterly Frome where he was a director.
Symonds & Sampson’s Senior Partner, Mark Lewis, says “I have known Mark all his professional life and his knowledge and enthusiasm for his work has helped many farmers over the years. He will be a loss to the agricultural community but he leaves the firm in very good hands as Greg Ridout will take over as Head of Agricultural Sales and our amalgamation with Paul Heard in Tiverton brings a completely new dimension to our business.”
Mark will continue to act as a consultant to Symonds & Sampson, meanwhile see the diary of forthcoming sales, lists of private sales and meet the team here.