New fieldsman has big plans for town’s market

Alex Moss, the new fieldsman and assistant auctioneer coming to Thame Market with his wife Maryann
Alex Moss, the new fieldsman and assistant auctioneer coming to Thame Market with his wife Maryann

A new fieldsman and assistant auctioneer is coming to Thame market, with plans to expand the area it serves.

Alex Moss, 36, currently works as a sales rep for Kent Wool Growers in Ashford as well as running a small holding in West Sussex containing 25 Hereford cross bred suckler cows, 20 continental ewes and pedigree Welsh pigs consisting of seven sows and two boars.

Mr Moss will be commuting to Thame initially (a journey of 120 miles), and is selling his cattle and sheep to give 110% to his new job.

The pigs will be looked after by someone else on his behalf.

He said: “I will commute to start with, and if it all works out we will move.

“Simon Draper (the head auctioneer) wants me to sell two days a week in Thame, and the rest of the time I’ll be out sourcing livestock in the south and south east.

“I’m going to expand the area from where we take livestock.”

Mr Moss, whose wife Maryann is expecting their first child in August, has a particular interest in pigs and hopes to see pig sales twice a year at the market.

He said: “I am very excited about it and I’m looking forward to the challenge and to meeting all the farmers and their families.”

Mr Moss starts work in the town in the middle of March.

The market charter celebrates its 800th anniversary this year and last week HRH Princess Anne visited to mark the occasion.