Boost to Forfar mart as Lawrie & Symington hire trainee auctioneer
Twenty-four year old Gregor Hamilton has been appointed as a trainee auctioneer with one of Scotland’s major livestock auctioneering firms, Lawrie & Symington. Originally from Falkirk, Gregor joins Lawrie & Symington Forfar from his role as a yardman at United Auctions.
A welcome addition to the mart, which typically sells around 7,000 head of cattle and 55,000 sheep each year, Gregor will be supporting manager and lead auctioneer Daniel Johnston at Lawrie & Symington Forfar in his day to day duties as he trains to become a fully qualified FIA auctioneer, which usually takes from three to four years.
Daniel Johnston, auctioneer and manager of Lawrie & Symington’s Forfar, said:
“It’s great to have Gregor on-board. He has shown a great deal of enthusiasm for the industry, and his background and practical work experience have equipped him well for a future in livestock auctioneering. We are confident that we have made a good decision and I am looking forward to both working alongside and mentoring him.”
Gregor is a native to the agriculture sector having grown up and worked on a cattle farm from a young age. He attended Forth Valley College in Falkirk before moving into agriculture vocationally in his role as a yardman for UA where he gained valuable farming and auctioneering work experience.
Combined with a family background in farming, his work experience gave him an insight into the industry which honed his interest in agriculture.
Gregor said: “I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to train as an auctioneer with Lawrie & Symington as I have always been passionate about farming and the agricultural way of life. I already have a good amount of experience in areas such as maintenance, drawing cattle into lots, handling livestock and managing pens and look forward to developing new skills, as well as expanding my knowledge in the months and years ahead.
“I am a big believer in the idea that you get out what you put in, and I intend to put everything I can into this role. It is an exciting time to be working in agriculture and am thrilled Lawrie & Symington has given me the chance to be part of it.”