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The Old Livestock Market

This entertaining and warm-hearted film, produced by Hereford-based Catcher Media working with a group of talented trainees from across the county, portrays the showmanship and characters that gave the old hereford livestock market its vibrancy and unique heritage.

There are anecdotes galore about traders juggling china, livestock drovers driving their flocks through the city, visits by The Queen, children playing in the market after hours, the happy crowds arriving for Miners Fortnight, and stubborn pigs, to name just a few.

In interviews with farmers, auctioneers, townspeople, breeders, traders, and council workers, the film revisits the past, but with an eye to the future, and is complemented with newly-found 16mm film footage and beautiful archive photographs. 

“For hundreds of years, Hereford life has revolved around its market. It was the reason why people travelled here, not just from the villages and towns around the county, but from across the Welsh and Worcestershire borders too. Traditionally, on market day farmers and their wives would come into the city to buy and sell their animals and produce.” – Wye Valley Life 

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Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual bull show and sale in Hereford
Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale
Hereford Bull
Hereford Cattle are paraded through town
Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market

Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

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Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

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Hereford Bull

Hereford Bull

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Hereford Cattle are paraded through town

Hereford Cattle are paraded through town

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual bull show and sale in Hereford
Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

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Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual bull show and sale in Hereford
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

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Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull
Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

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Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show
Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market
Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

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Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market

Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market

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Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show
Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

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Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show
Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

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Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show
Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

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Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale
Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

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Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull
Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show
Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972
Annual bull show and sale in Hereford
Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market
Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale
Hereford Bull
Hereford Cattle are paraded through town
Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market

Hereford Bull in the old and atmospheric Livestock Market

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

Polish Buyers with a Hereford Bull

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Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

Welsh Pony makes a break for it at a Livestock Show

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Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

Annual Bull Show and Sale 24 January 1972

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Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

Annual bull show and sale in Hereford

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Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market

Small white Welsh Pony at the Livestock Market

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Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

Man wears an appropriate cardigan to the Hereford Bull sale

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Hereford Bull

Hereford Bull

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Hereford Cattle are paraded through town

Hereford Cattle are paraded through town

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