The group also sold surplus land at Lockerbie Mart last month and it is planning to improve the pennage
, office and canteen facilities.
Mart manager Wyn Morton would also like to see covered lair age but says the new market, if built, will offer much more: a new store cattle sale ring, increased pennage
, a new calf facility and more electronic displays.
David Pritchard, operations director with mart owner Harrison & Heth-eringtonsaid: "It has always been our ambition to complete the third span of the roof and this will mean the entire Borderway yard pennage
is under cover." The pens that are being replaced have been in use since the mart opened at Rosehill in 1974.
The Dockerays had already made ongoing investments at Kelsick House, both in land improvement and drainage and in buildings which included a shed with cubicles and pennage
for the store cattle which were then made into further cubicles to house the 126 cows.
All but the fell sheep were lambed inside the new shed where adaptable pennage
can hold up to 900 ewes or 1,400 feeding lambs.