Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emma Leads the Way with Livestock; ANNA HARRIS Meets Emma Coupland Who , Although Still Only 20, Has Control of the Ring at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emma Leads the Way with Livestock; ANNA HARRIS Meets Emma Coupland Who , Although Still Only 20, Has Control of the Ring at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart

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LIKE most young children, Emma Coupland, loved spending time with her grandfather. A busy livestock farmer from Clitheroe, David Coupland would take his grandaughter to the auction mart to help him buy and sell cattle and sheep.

Emma, from Barnard Castle, laughed: "I must have been to every market in North West England with grandad. And sometimes he would let me bid for the stock."

The excitement of watching the animals go round the ring, the hustle and bustle of the farmers at the ringside, and the auctioneer banging down his gavel, has never left Emma and she has fond memories of those days.

And one of the auction marts, at Gisburn, was of special interest to Emma because there she could watch female auctioneer Rachel Capstick at work.

"She was a good auctioneer," said Emma. "And because she was a woman working in a male-dominated environment, she provided me with inspiration."

Fast forward ten years or so and now it is Emma standing at the rostrum, taking control of the ring at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart and making sure North East farmers get the best price possible for their store cattle or hoggs.

With her long blond hair and only 20 years old, she is the one bucking the trend in the world of auctioneering. And she''s also bringing a bit of glamour to the proceedings "It''s true that there are not many women working at auction marts but being female has never been a problem. Everyone is great with me and we can always enjoy a laugh," she said.

"But it is also hard work and even now I still get a bit nervous because you always want to do your best."

Emma grew up at Stone Cross Farm, Marwood, a livestock farm just outside Barnard Castle.

Once she had finished her GCSEs at Teesdale Comprehensive, she left school to help her father Philip manage the suckler cows and sheep. She also helped a neighbouring farmer with his milking.

It was at this time that she also got a part-time job at Darlington Mart, helping to sort out the cattle and sheep on market days. …

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