We would like to send our great thanks and congratulations to Jack Walton who this month completed his 1,000 mile tour of 24 livestock auction marts around the country, raising £7,316.97 for R.A.B.I and RSABI.
18 year old Jack, a budding auctioneer from Worcestershire, started his journey at Dingwall and Highlands Livestock Auction Mart in Invernesshire and finished two months later at Truro in Cornwall.
Inspired by his Grandfather, renowned Suffolk breeder, Michael Walton from Roseden Farm in Northumberland, Jack has always had a keen interest in livestock marketing. “For as long as I can remember I’ve loved attending livestock marts with my Grandfather and was always itching to have a go on the rostrum. My journey not only raised a significant amount of money for charity, but also gave me the opportunity to meet people within the industry and gain knowledge and experience.
“I am completely overwhelmed with the response I have received throughout the summer. I have met the most wonderful people, auctioned some tremendous livestock and I am very grateful to all the marts that have supported me and to everyone who has donated so generously to the charities.
“The last six weeks has been an experience that I will never forget and has certainly cemented what I know are the foundations for a career in auctioneering. I would like to thank all of my sponsors including, JG Animal Health, The Three Counties Agricultural Society and Glendale PR and Marketing for their support throughout my journey.”
Ken Nottage, Three Counties Chief Executive, said: “What a fantastic and unique idea for raising money for charities which are close to Jack’s and our hearts here at Three Counties. We are proud to have supported Jack on his journey and the amount he has raised is incredible. Congratulations Jack and we wish you all the best for your time at university.”
This month, Jack will set off on a journey of a different kind as he heads off to the Royal Agricultural University, to read Rural Land Management, with the aim of fulfilling his dreams of one day becoming an auctioneer. We look forward to hearing about his next adventures.
Jack is pictured above, presenting his cheque at the Malvern Autumn Show, with Ken Nottage, Chief Executive of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, Malcolm Thomas MBE, Chairman of R.A.B.I, Jack Walton, Becky Davies, R.A.B.I Regional Manager and Clive Roads, Livestock Auctioneer at McCartneys.