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Keighley’s Keybury counts sheep at UK’s largest cattle market

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Keybury Fire and Security has just installed eight new CCTV cameras at Craven Cattle Marts – one of the largest sheep and cattle markets in the UK.

The cameras will be used to monitor cattle pens and alleyways at the market in Skipton on busy sale days when thousands of animals are bought and sold in its auctions.

Keybury, based in nearby Keighley, has worked with Craven Cattle Marts for 10 years on its high level security operation which includes a total 23 day and night static cameras with remote access. The market employs 40 people and covers a three-acre site.

Craven Cattle Marts says its investment in CCTV monitoring and technology ensures full livestock audit trails for its customers, many of whom are buying large numbers of animals worth thousands of pounds.

On a typical sale day, there can be 1,000 people at the market, including 250 vendors, buyers and drovers. Auctioneers can conduct sales at a rate of up to three lots a minute containing 80-120 sheep, and more than 10,000 lambs can be sold in any one day.

Given the numbers of livestock and movements through the market, the opportunity for miss-counts is high. However, the CCTV monitoring enables Craven Cattle Marts to check where any problems occur and rectify them.

Keybury director Patrick Beebe said:

“The cattle market has continually updated and improved its security operation to ensure it delivers a professional service to its customers.

“We specifically included remote access as part of the operation as wagon movements and livestock deliveries can occur late into the evening and this enables the appropriate staff to check all is in order when not actually on site.”

Jeremy Eaton, general manager and company secretary at Craven Cattle Marts, said:

“The cameras are an integral part of our professional service to our customers and show that we are fully accountable when they are buying and selling at our market.

“The high definition footage captured by the cameras is extremely accurate and flexible – we can slow the images down and identify exactly where livestock have been and when.

“It provides us with the reassurance and peace of mind that sheep and cattle are being counted correctly as they move through the market – we don’t have to lie awake at night counting sheep!”

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Jeremy Eaton, General Manager and Company Secretary at Craven Cattle Marts (left) and Keybury Director Patrick Beebe

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