Roscommon Deputy Michael Fitmaurice is calling on the Minister for Agriculture to 'step up to the mark' and lift the ban on buyers at marts.

It comes after online sales at 15 marts across the country were halted yesterday after the app used to arrange video sales crashed, leaving farmers to take thousands of animals home.

The Independent Roscommon Deputy has echoed the calls from Livestock mart operators and the IFA for buyers to be allowed return to the sales ring under strict public health protocols.

He says a solution must be found quickly, as 90% of weanlings are being brought out for export and for farmers to buy.

Deputy Fitzmaurice told Midwest News that farmers buying and selling animals are left in a hugely difficult situation.


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