“Do you know the art of auctioneering?
“Auction Day” captures a precious national asset that may soon disappear. Filmed in Wales in the UK the film shows a community of farmers, sheep dealers and auctioneers on ‘market day’.
Farmers with storybook faces nod, wink and send secret signals to the auctioneer. They are 21st century shepherds with a heritage rooted in biblical times. Dealers with canny eyes shake hands and heads and look for bargain lots.
Confused sheep arrive. Off-loaded from trucks and trailers, prodded preened and then pushed into the sales arena. Their teeth, wool, the shape of their heads and their pedigree are all carefully assessed before the bidding begins.
Then the sold ewes and rams are packed into vans and are on their way to new home ground. Their lambs will survive tough lives in the high hills and mountains and will be coming to another “Auction Day” next year to continue the farmers cycle that holds the countryside as a unique national asset.
In the film, the relationship between farmers and wily auctioneer, part of a long heritage of symbiotic friendships, is delightfully revealed in humourus cameos. The gentle auctioneer, Meirion Morris with delightful charm tells his “sheep tales”.