AN auction mart is holding its second annual ‘Next Generation’ event this weekend.

CCM Skipton Auction Mart's event on Sunday, February 4, is aimed at young people aged 15-25 either involved with or interested in agriculture.

Last year’s inaugural event proved a tremendous success, with participants, primarily from Young Farmers Clubs across the north, rising to the challenge when faced with a spectrum of thought-provoking topics covering the UK agricultural sector, including public speaking, auctioneering, valuation and stock judging competitions. New this year are sheep kenning and carcase judging competitions.

A £500 prize fund is also on offer as an added incentive, with multiple local sponsors again generously supporting the pioneering initiative.

Already confirming their participation are young farmers clubs throughout the northern area – Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland and the East. The day kicks off at 10am, with a sponsored bacon/sausage sandwich to welcome attendees on arrival.

CCM’s general manager Jeremy Eaton said: “The event will again provide a valuable opportunity for up-and-coming young people – future farmers, auctioneers and auction staff – to test themselves in disciplines which might encourage a pathway to a career in the land-based sector or just a fun, but competitive way to spend a Sunday.”